Circular minerals - the rocky road from side streams to products

The mining industry has a significant role in the modern life style as consumption of commodities is growing and developed technologies require vast amount of minerals and metals.
Rocky road

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University of Oulu, Backstage & Online

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Transition to green energy and development of low carbon societies are based on raw materials excavated from the mines. At the same time, the primary ore grades are becoming lower.

The solution to the availability of raw materials is searched from the mining waste. The residues from the mining and processing industry form a significant share of all Finland´s annual side streams.

Partners, VTT Technical Research Centre Finland, Geological Survey of Finland, University of Oulu and LUT University have joined forces to advance the circular economy of mineral side streams.

As an action point, the partners have launched the Circular Minerals Webinar Series to promote sustainability, information sharing, business aspects and for finding viable solutions to use mineral waste as secondary raw material. The previous events have addressed topics such as "Unlocking the full potential of circular minerals - From tailing to chemicals and materials" and "From tailings to future products".

How to turn side streams to the products? With this question the Webinar Series continues and organizes the event: "Circular minerals - the rocky road from side streams to the products".



Welcome coffee

12.45- 13.00
Opening words
Prof. Saija Luukkanen, Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu
Chairperson, Research Professor Päivi Kinnunen, VTT
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13.00- 13.15
Tapojärvi on journey to become world´s leading circular economy company year 2035
Henri Pilventö, Chief Commercial Officer, Tapojärvi

The sustainable society – An opportunity for the mining industry?
Anders Sand, Research Manager, Boliden Mineral AB

Paving the road towards circularity with alkali activated materials - Case Betolar
Hassan Raad, R&D Director, Betolar Plc
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Is circular economy progressing in construction – opportunities and challenges
Pekka Vuorinen, Director of Environment and Energy, Finnish Association of Construction Product Industries

Byproducts, waste and their commodification
Topi Turunen, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Eastern Finland
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Absorbers for the rocky road - research, innovation and collaboration
Sari Tasa, Senior Advicer, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
Jutta Kaisanlahti, Leading Specialist, ELY-Centre, Lapland

Panel discussion
Adjunct Prof. Priyadharshini Perumal, the Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Finland
Research Prof. Tommi Kauppila, Geological Survey of Finland
Prof. Antti Häkkinen, LUT School of Engineering Science, Finland
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Concluding words
Prof. Saija Luukkanen, Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu
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Additional information
Prof. Saija Luukkanen
Head of Oulu Mining School

Last updated: 24.1.2023