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What's new at COBALT?
June 2014 will be a very busy month for COBALT with two Dialogue meetings: The 2nd European Dialogue on ‘Urban Mines, Consumer Behaviour and Producer Responsibility in a Circular Economy’ will take place in Brussels on 6 June 2014. The 1st Regional Dialogue on ‘Sustainable raw materials management and circular economy in the Iberian Peninsula’ will be organized one week later in Madrid on 12 June 2014. Please find more information and the draft agendas for these meetings in the ‘Events and Activities’ section. Registration for both events is still possible at

COBALT - Contributing to building of awareness, learning and transfer of knowledge on sustainable use of raw materials

Discussing solutions for industry and civil society

COBALT is an EU-funded project that brings together industry, civil society, research bodies, and public authorities to stimulate a joint debate on sustainable raw material use.

Impacts and scarcity of raw materials

The project focuses particularly on identifying the best ways to put sustainable raw materials management into practice, help inform future innovation activities, and support the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.

It will explore how the needs of EU industry and civil society can be simultaneously met through innovation along the value chain from extraction to final consumption.

The project will address the following issues:

  • security of supply;
  • how to grow in substitution and higher value markets;
  • the use of raw materials with high environmental and social impacts, and
  • skills shortages in raw materials management.

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The COBALT project is co-funded by the
European Union's 7th Framework Programme
under Grant Agreement No. 603509.