Navigating the Raw Materials Crisis: A New Big Challenge for Industries
May 25th 2023 at 17:00 CET
"The 30 years of Group-IPS educational series" is a FREE full-year educational program of webinars, lectures, workshops, and roundtables led by our independent experts, who will cover topics such as global challenges, technological innovation, sustainability, diversity, the future of business, and manufacturing.
What you will learn
The role of thermodynamics in the scarcity of mineral resources.
The limits and challenges of the green energy, digital, and eco transitions.
Supply chain risks of raw materials in the near future.
A circular economy: is it possible?
Is there a way for the optimal use of mineral resources?
Did you know that in 23 years we have extracted as much copper as in the whole history of humankind? Are there recycling operations to recover scarce and valuable metals from end-of-life vehicles? And how does that influence our future and our plans for the green transition?
All of this will be tackled in our next lecture by Dr Alicia Valero, head of the Industrial Ecology Group at the Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, and associate professor at the University of Zaragoza in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Together with her father, Antonio Valero, Dr Valero introduced a unique thermodynamic vision of how world mineral resources are being depleted, known as Thanatia’s theory.
In her lecture that is a part of the 30 years of Group-IPS educational series, Dr Valero will raise important questions about the consequences of the raw materials crisis amidst the climate emergency. She will also give advice on what companies should do to ameliorate this, teach about the challenges that come with a low-carbon economy, and examine how companies can navigate the transition. You will be able to better understand the limits of the green transition and the benefits of a green economy.
Alicia Valero Delgado is the head of the industrial ecology group at the Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE - Institute) and an associate professor at the University of Zaragoza in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Her research focuses on identifying resource efficiency measures and applying thermodynamics in evaluating resource depletion, a subject in which she has received four international awards.
She is a member of several international expert groups on critical raw materials and is the author or co-author of over 100 papers in international journals and a dozen books related to the analysis and optimisation of energy and raw materials. Together with her father, Antonio Valero, she developed Thanatia's theory – a unique thermodynamic vision of how world mineral resources are being depleted.
International Business Unit Manager of Primary & Metals
Damien has been working on industrial projects since 2013. After 5 years on international automation and electrification projects at Siemens he joined IPS in 2018 where he managed projects in different sectors such as food, steel and aluminum. In 2021 he became International Business Unit Manager of Primary & Metals
Marketing manager Group-IPS
Hynek is an external marketing manager and manages marketing of Group-IPS with his team since 2018. In 2017, after twelve years in Philips and P3, he founded senseZOOM, a plug&play marketing team helping mainly B2B companies create professional marketing strategies and execution. In 2017 he became a partner of an investment platform Crowdberry, where he serves as the group COO since 2022.