METGROW+ publishes a Social License to Operate Policy Brief

In collaboration with ETN SOCRATES, METGROW+ has published a Social License to Operate Policy Brief (download here) to reflect the key discussions that took place in the Symposium on Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy – the Social License to Operate for the Mining and Recycling of Critical Metals took place in Leuven, Belgium on 21 February 2018. The document discusses the Five Lessons Learned with respect to the Social License to Operate for the mining and recycling of critical metals, essential for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

As lessons learned, it should be highlighted the still existing distance of recycling efficiencies for many critical metals until reaching their real potential, the necessity of primary mining for the transition to a low carbon economy, the inevitable dependence of Europe on imports for some elements such as cobalt, the need of the mining industry to improve its trust, and the endorsement of the concept of the Social License to Operate (SLO) by the European Commission