10 OCTOBER 2022

Hybrid Cross-Fertilisation Workshop

Turning residues of the aluminium industry into resources - Athens, Radisson Blu Park Hotel





European Aluminium is proud partner of the EU RemovAL project, which aims to combine and advance novel technologies for the sustainable processing of Bauxite Residue (BR), Spent Pot Lining (SPL) and other by-products of the aluminium value chain.

In fact, one of the most significant challenges of primary aluminium production is related to the management of the Bauxite Residue issued from the Bayer process. It is estimated that approximately 160 Mt of BR are produced worldwide, from which  about 7 Mt are produced in Europe. The cumulative stockpiled level in Europe is estimated to exceed 250 Mt (dry matter).

Today, only 3% of the annual production is utilised in cement, iron production and/or other applications, whereas the rest of it is landfilled in proper disposal area.

Nevertheless, BR and especially European BR (originated from European bauxites) contains significant amounts of valuable elements as well as considerable concentrations of critical and industrially important elements (Sc, Ga, V, Cr, REEs) constituting an untapped secondary source of Critical Raw Materials.

Another important industrial residue throughout the aluminium value chain consists of the salt slag produced by the recycling aluminium industry following the use of salt flux in rotary furnaces. Such salt slag contains some valuable metals elements and metals as well.



Following the events held in 2019 (Policy Workshop) and 2021 (Cross-Fertilisation Workshop), European Aluminium is now organising on 10th October the final RemovAL event in a hybrid format in Athens, Greece. This workshop will be held jointly with the 40th International Conference and Exhibition ICSOBA 2022 and the 4th International Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference (BR2022) which take place from Tuesday 11 Oct till Friday 14 Oct.

This workshop will be articulated in 3 sessions, followed by a panel discussion session.

The first morning session will analyse the bauxite residue valorisation challenges from a global to a European perspective. The second session will give the floor to various European projects valorising critical raw materials from BR or addressing other residues from the aluminium value chain. The afternoon session will provide an overview of the RemovAL outcomes completed by an in-depth analysis from an LCA, policy and economic perspective. The workshop will end by a panel discussion where speakers will specifically address the challenges for the industrial  deployment of key RemovAL technologies.

A Q&A exchange will follow all sessions in combination with a networking coffee break session.

The ultimate goal of the workshop is to present innovative processing routes turning BR and other aluminium industry residue into resources. In this context, cross-fertilisation opportunities between EU projects and industry as well as technological and non-technological enablers will be discussed for the successful deployment of relevant innovations, complementary to the articles presented at ICSOBA and BR2022 conference. complementary to the articles presented at ICSOBA and BR conference will be discussed.

The Workshop is freely accessible, and the deadline for registration is 3 October.

You can attend in person (in Athens, at the Radisson Blu Park Hotel) or remotely; you can select your preference in the registration form.

The detailed programme will be published soon!

Only registered participants will have access to the workshop.

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