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The 8th Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials Held

December 6, 2018

On December 5 (Wed.) 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), jointly with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the European Commission held the 8th Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials in Tokyo.

The conference provided an opportunity to the EU-US-Japan participated stakeholders including government officials, industrial representatives, researchers to exchanging information on the recent reserch initiative and future challenges concerning critical materials.

Background

The Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials commenced in 2011 in an environment of growing awareness on importance of raw materials, e.g.,the soaring prices of some critical materials, especially rare earth elements from 2010. The conference has been held annually in order to exchange the information on the critical materials, especially in the field of R&D under the framework of trilateral cooperation between Japan, the United States and the European Union.

Outline of this conference

  1. The participants exchanged information on the critical raw materials (CRMs) in four sessions of: 1) Criticality and supply chain analysis; 2) CRMs in Circular Economy; 3) Materials development affecting demand on CRMs; and 4) The role of CRMS towards vehicles electrification.
  2. The importance of trilateral cooperation in the filed of critical materials has been reaffirmed by the participants. The EU delegation expressed their willingness to host the 9th Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials in 2019.

Division in Charge

Metal Industry Technology Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau