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Ahead of this week’s EU Chemicals Policy 2030 Conference themed around “building on the past, moving to the future,” it’s the perfect moment to take stock of recent developments in the EU chemicals policy and reflect on how a future chemicals framework should look.

There can be no wind or solar energy, no smart grids and no electric vehicles without copper, aluminium or steel, to name but a few materials. What Europe must do is enable advanced processing of materials in order to close the loop, writes Dr Katia Lacasse.