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Assessing the criticality of raw materials as input to production and products is crucial for companies, countries and economic blocs like the EU. Disruption of supply of critical materials can put large economic values at risk. For an import-dependent region such as Europe, materials criticality is now high on the agenda in the EU Green deal and the European Raw Materials Alliance. A fourth update lists 30 critical raw materials of high importance to the EU economy and of high risk associated with their supply – raw materials that are used in clean energy technologies, electric mobility and digital technologies. But the materials listed differ over time and the European list is one of many. In this course, we will look beyond these lists and try to uncover the underlying methodologies to understand why and for whom a material is identified as critical. Targeted for public and private sector organizations, this course will give you an understanding about criticality and methods for assessing it. You will also get an opportunity to discuss the relevance of criticality for your organization and mitigating strategies.

Target group: The course is aimed for professionals who want a better understanding of criticality of raw materials and its relevance for business or public sector. Examples are strategists, supply chain managers, environmental coordinators / environmental managers or purchasers. No prior knowledge in criticality assessments is required. The course will be taught in English.
Course length: 12 hours, April 26 and 27, 2021 (CET 9:00-12:00) and May 3 and 4, 2021 (CET 13:00-16:00)
Number of participants: 40
Course language: English
Prerequisites: No prerequisites.
About the course content:
The course provides knowledge about:

  • What makes raw materials critical?
  • What are typical applications of critical raw materials?
  • How to measure and assess criticality at country and company levels?
  • How to develop strategies to reduce criticality risks?

The course consists of online lectures and exercises in group and individually. By the end of the course you will have conducted a small criticality assessment related to your own organization.
Learning objectives: After the course, you have a basic understanding of raw materials criticality and its implications for strategic decision making about raw materials security in countries and companies. You have gained knowledge about methods for assessing criticality, their application and strengths and weaknesses. You have gained hands-on experience on assessing criticality and developing mitigating strategies for a simplified case related to your own organization.

Practical information:
Fee: No cost for the participant. The course is funded by EIT Raw materials until 2021 and offered for free in this first round. Please note that cancellations made after April 19, 2021, or no-shows will be subject to a cancellation fee of 100 Euros. Cancellations made via no later than April 19, 2021, will be processed at no cost.
Venue: The course is based on distance learning in Zoom. There are no physical gatherings.
Scope: The total workload is approximately 20 hours.

This course is supported financially by EIT Raw materials  – the project