Sustainable Materials Management

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OECD GLOBAL FORUM ON ENVIRONMENT Focusing on SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT 25-27 October 2010, Mechelen, Belgium

Materials Case Study 1: Critical Metals and Mobile Devices
Working Document
OECD Environment Directorate, OECD, 2010

NOTE FROM THE SECRETARIAT

In addition to aluminium, wood fibres and plastics, critical metals have been identified as priority materials for which sustainable management would bring significant environmental, social and economic benefits. The objective of this case study on critical metals is to analyse the environmental impacts of critical metals throughout their lifecycle and identify the best practices for their sustainable management. This case study will be presented at the OECD Global Forum on Sustainable Materials Management to be held in Belgium from 25 to 27 October 2010 and, together with the other three case studies, will serve as a basis for the discussions of Session 1 on Good SMM Practices in Priority Materials. The Government of Canada case study project team involved participants from three federal departments: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Industry Canada (IC) and Environment Canada (EC). The project team was led by Alain Dubreuil and Rob Sinclair in the Minerals and Metals Sector of NRCan. Project support was provided by Orlando Dinardo (NRCan), Philippa Huntsman-Mapila (NRCan), David Koren (NRCan), Peter Campbell (IC), Patrick Huot (IC), Cheryl Beillard (NRCan), Duncan Bury (EC), Dennis Jackson (EC) and Andre Martin (EC). Alberto Fonseca and Steven B. Young (University of Waterloo) were sub-contracted to conduct a literature review and develop an analytical framework for advancing research into the social aspects of sustainable metals management. Nokia, Umicore, the US National Research Council of the National Academies and many other players have provided valuable information that was used in the preparation of this case study; however, the content of this document, including any errors or omissions, shall remain the responsibility of the project team alone. This report is work in progress. The opinions expressed in this paper are the sole responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the OECD or the governments of its member countries.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .............................................................................................................................6 Why was this report prepared? ....................................................................................................................6 What is sustainable materials management (SMM)? ...................................................................................6 How was the work done? .............................................................................................................................7 Who is the report for? ..................................................................................................................................7 What are the key policy points in the report? ..............................................................................................7 Principle SMM questions and preliminary responses ..................................................................................9 What are the primary knowledge gaps? .....................................................................................................10 How can the report findings be used? ........................................................................................................10 What are some next steps? .........................................................................................................................12 RÉSUMÉ .......................................................................................................................................................13 Pourquoi ce rapport ?...
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