Between 16-18 September 2020, the 6th Meggener Rochstofftage raw materials summit took place as a virtual event hosted by Die Bildungsakademie des Berufsverbandes Deutscher Geowissenschaftler (BDG).
In a welcoming address, Conference Chair Dr. Michael Neumann, set out the event’s mission to “expand the horizons” of the raw materials industry through discussion around a wide range of pressing topics, including geo-ethics, CO2 storage, sustainability, and environmental and raw materials certification.
To explore the discussion around raw materials certification and sustainability on the first day of the Meggener Rohstofftage, Dr Andreas Hucke, Program Director for CERA, led a presentation titled ‘CERA: A Holistic Scheme for the Certification of Sustainable Extraction and Processing of Raw Materials.’ Andreas’ presentation covered the overall technical, corporate governance, social and environmental risks resulting from the high demand for raw materials as well as the limitations in harmonisation and transparency across existing schemes before exploring CERA’s unique approach.
CERA and raw materials certification are topics that have relevance for many – if not all – of the pressing discussions at the centre of this year’s event. With an audience primarily drawn from the fields of exploration and resource geology, and from related associations and authorities, the work CERA is leading to streamline and simplify certification takes on a new significance.
The sixth annual Meggener Rohstofftage was held as a virtual event in 2020, having been held as a physical conference in Lennestadt-Meggen, Germany, in previous years. The virtual event attracted more than 100 participants, with speakers drawn from eight European countries and additional representatives from the United States.
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