March 7, 2011
Regarding ‘Special Report: Raw Materials‘:
Your focus last week on raw materials is most welcome, as this issue is finally getting the attention it has needed for several years already.
Unfortunately most of the actors, starting with the political ones, are showing a worrying lack of ambition. This is almost certainly linked to either a limited understanding of this complex area or the hidden agenda of protecting first the interests of certain actors versus the general one.
While we should be talking about the dematerialisation of our economy, of the closed-loop economy, cradle-to-cradle approaches and short supply systems, etc., instead we’re only hearing about recycling (which is obviously necessary but is insufficient by far) or even worse, re-opening mines in Europe.
These are old-fashioned solutions for a problem which will require innovation and systemic changes to avoid ending in global conflict.
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Jean DAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor