In addition to aluminum, wood fibres and plastics, critical metals have been identified as important materials for which a sustainable materials management approach might provide valuable insight. The objective of this case study on critical metals is to analyse the environmental impacts of critical metals throughout their lifecycle and to explore policy opportunities and barriers for SMM, as a way of
demonstrating the utility of the SMM concept for policy-making.
This case study was presented at the OECD Global Forum on Sustainable Materials Management held in Belgium from 25 to 27 October 2010, together with other policy and case study materials.
ANNEXES: CRITICAL METALS AND MOBILE DEVICES - A Sustainable Materials Management Case Study