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12th Conference on Critical Materials and Minerals Held

December 9, 2021

The 12th Annual Critical Material Mineral Meeting was held online on December 6 and 8. Japan was the chair.

At the conference, representatives from government ministries/agencies, universities and research institutes in Japan, the US, the EU, Australia and Canada exchanged information on their policies for critical materials, research and development (R&D), future challenges and other issues. They also confirmed that the five countries will continue to advance collaborative efforts for securing a stable supply of critical materials.

1. Background

The Conference on Critical Materials and Minerals commenced in 2011 in response to circumstances such as soaring prices for some critical materials, especially rare earth elements, from 2010. The conference has been held regularly in order to exchange information on policies for critical materials, R&D, and other efforts under the framework of multilateral cooperation between Japan, the US, the EU, Australia and Canada.

2. Summary of the outcomes

  1. Regarding the development of technologies related to critical materials, the participants exchanged information on the following: 1) batteries, power generation, and motor technologies to support an electrified society; and 2) recycling and environmental technologies for a circular economy.
  2. In addition, in the meeting by the policy makers from Japan, the US, the EU, Australia and Canada, the participants discussed and exchanged information on the latest developments in critical materials and on recycling and other individual themes. Japan was the chair.
  3. As a result, the participants reaffirmed the importance of making the supply chains for critical materials more resilient, and confirmed that they will continue to promote collaborative efforts between Japan, the US, the EU, Australia and Canada.
  4. The next conference will be held in the EU next year (2022).

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