News

Feb 28

28th of February 2017

ElmoReL Final Report published

The ElmoReL final project report is now available in German.

Feb 27

27th of February 2017

STRADE publishes policy brief on EU raw material import flows

STRADE's policy brief 02/2017 analyses the European import flows of metals in various processing states and the connections with specific environmental and socio-economic issues in resource-rich countries.

Feb 27

27th of February 2017

STRADE publishes policy brief on minerals and metals from non-EU countries

STRADE's policy brief 01/2017 examines the role and responsibility of European institutions to positively influence the environmental and social conditions of raw materials production in non-EU countries.

Resource Fever

Global demand for natural resources is increasing. Not only industrialized countries, but also newly industrializing countries such as Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa increase the pressure on energy sources, metal ores, water and foodstuffs. Record prices on commodity markets and intensified competition for access to raw materials are the result; the fear of dependence and scarcity is growing: The world is in resources fever.

Parallel to the fever curve for resource demand, adverse effects on the environment and climate as well as – a direct result – social and political tensions are sharply increasing. It is therefore time to grasp the new "resources debate" as an opportunity for more sustainable use of resources.

Öko-Institut wants to offer with this website selected information from its work on the manifold resource issues and invites interested stakeholders to a vivid dialogue.

Öko-Institut is one of Europe‘s leading independent research and consultancy organizations for a sustainable future. It employs more than 125 staff, including more than 85 researchers at three locations in Germany - Freiburg, Darmstadt and Berlin.