Next Article in Journal
Modelling the Steady-State Performance of Coiled Falling-Film Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems Using Rated Data
Previous Article in Journal
GEOTOURISM as a Tool for Learning: A Geoitinerary in the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni Geopark (Southern Italy)
Previous Article in Special Issue
Devising Mineral Resource Supply Pathways to a Low-Carbon Electricity Generation by 2100
Open AccessEditorial

Responsible Materials Management for a Resource-Efficient and Low-Carbon Society

by Lucia Mancini 1,* and Philip Nuss 2,*
1
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Via E. Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra, Italy
2
German Environment Agency (UBA), Unit I1.1 - Fundamental Aspects, Sustainability Strategies and Scenarios, Sustainable Resource Use, Woerlitzer Platz 1, 06844 Dessau-Rosslau, Germany
*
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Disclaimer: This scientific output does not imply a policy position of the European Commission. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for the use that might be made of this publication. This paper does not necessarily reflect the opinion or the policies of the German Federal Environment Agency.
Resources 2020, 9(6), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9060068
Received: 29 April 2020 / Accepted: 25 May 2020 / Published: 5 June 2020
Our societies rely on the quality and availability of natural resources. Driven by population growth, economic development, and innovation, future demand for natural resources is expected to further increase in coming decades. Raw materials will be an important part of society’s future material mix as countries increasingly transition towards resource-efficient and greenhouse-gas neutral economies. Raw materials are also fundamental to meet ecological and socio-economic targets within the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. For instance, they have a fundamental role in renewable energy technologies, new building materials and infrastructure, communication systems, and low-carbon transportation. However, some materials are largely supplied from countries with poor governance. The future availability of these materials and associated impacts are of increasing concern going forward. Recent raw material criticality studies have explored economic, geo-political, and technological factors that affect materials’ supply. However, environmental and social pressures also play a role in their security of supply. For instance, conflicts can prevent access to mineral deposits; accidents and environmental damage compromise public acceptance and can hinder future extraction operations. This article will introduce this Special Issue with a focus on material requirements and responsible sourcing of materials for a low-carbon society, and provides an overview of the subsequent research papers. View Full-Text
Keywords: raw materials; environmental and social sustainability; responsible sourcing and resource governance; due diligence; future scenarios; security of supply raw materials; environmental and social sustainability; responsible sourcing and resource governance; due diligence; future scenarios; security of supply
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Mancini, L.; Nuss, P. Responsible Materials Management for a Resource-Efficient and Low-Carbon Society. Resources 2020, 9, 68.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop