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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.

Global stakeholders gathered in Antwerp last week for the World Resources Forum. A joint European Copper Institute and International Copper Association session looked at Copper and the Circular Economy: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions. From this deep-dive, we pulled out five key take-aways.

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.

On 7 November, Eurometaux organised a workshop to discuss how to stimulate substitution in the metals sector from a circular economy perspective. The latter is key, since closing the loop through safe reuse or recycling will improve the performance of substances exponentially, significantly lowering the risk of a given material.