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This, the 3rd International Symposium on Sustainability through Resource Conservation and Recycling '14 (SRCR '14), was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof Markus Reuter and was sponsored by Outotec. Media partners were Industrial Minerals, AT International & EcoSeed.


Scope of SRCR '14

The rapid growth of the world economy is straining the sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources due to modern society’s extensive use of metals, materials and products. An astute and conscious application and use of metals, materials and products supported by the reuse and recycling of these materials and end-of-life products is imperative to the preservation of the Earth’s resources. The realisation of the ambitions of sustainable use of metals, materials and resources demands that the different disciplines of the material and consumer product system are connected and harmonised. This conference will discuss all aspects of material and metal usage by considering for example (but not exclusively):

  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Clean Technology (smelting, energy recovery, hydrometallurgical, etc.)
  • Coal Wastes
  • Effluent Treatment (biological and chemical methods for water purification)
  • Energy Recovery
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Methodologies (LCA, metrics for sustainability, LCI, etc.)
  • Industrial Applications (novel technology, new methods, breakthrough technology, etc.)
  • Legislation (REACH, Basel, Stockholm, etc.)
  • Process Control (to monitor and optimize environmental performance of plants, unit operations, furnaces)
  • Processing of Industrial Wastes (slags, chemical, flue dusts, sludges, bottom ashes, etc.)
  • Recycling of Post Consumer Materials (car recycling, waste electric and electronic equipment, plastics, paper)
  • Tailings Disposal at mine sites
  • Recycling Systems (monitoring, take-back systems, etc.)
  • Recycling Technology (separation, automatic sorting, sensors, smelting, etc.)
  • Sustainability (from an industrial as well as consumer point of view)
  • System and other models for system optimization and Sustainability prediction
  • Carbon emission controls; case studies of existing methods to reduce emissions and new technology being developed such as carbon capture and storage
  • Efforts to reduce energy consumption in mining and mineral processing operations
  • Developments in geopolymers as alternatives to conventional cements.



Keynote Lecture

Prof. Markus Reuter presented the keynote lecture Metal recycling : opportunities, limits, infrastructure.

Prof. Dr. Markus A. Reuter is a Director of Technology Management at Outotec Finland. Previously he worked for Mintek and Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. He is Adjunct Professor at Aalto University (Finland), Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a Guest Professor at the Central South University (China). He was a professor at TU Delft (Netherlands) as well as Emeritus 1996-2012.

He holds a D.Eng. & PhD from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and Dr. habil. from RWTH Aachen (Germany). Reuter has over 390 publications and is co-author of 2 books “Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology” and “Handbook of Recycling” both published by Elsevier. He is the lead author of the 2nd United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP) report on Metal Recycling.

Email: markus.reuter@outotec.com

Markus Reuter
Markus Reuter



Past Conferences

Click to view the conference report, programme and delegate list from SRCR '09 and SRCR '11:




"I spent a really nice time in Falmouth [at SRCR '11] thanks to Barry, his family but also all the other delegates. Organization was just perfect. Social events as well. At this occasion, I met a lot of interesting people, friends and learnt a lot from all the presentations. Mine was the first at MEI and I really enjoyed it. Hope to meet you again at SRCR '14..."
Gregory Lewis, Univeristy of Liege, Belgium

"SRCR '11 was a great conference, I hope that the next one in 2013 will be even better. I must say that MEI team did an excellent job. Delegates got together in a nice and cozy atmosphere. My congratulations to Barry, Barbara, Jon and Amanda."
Maurício L Torem, DEMa PUC-Rio, Brazil

"It is the first time I have attended an international conference [SRCR '11]. It was a good chance for me to meet many foreign scientists, researchers and students to exchange research activities and get friendship. I was impressed with well organization, and Falmouth is very nice place. Thank Dr. Wills and his family for organizing good conference. I hope to participate again."
Nghiem Van Nguyen, University of Science and Technology, South Korea

"Thanks Barry to you and your team for all the hard work in bringing the conference [SRCR '11] together. Great conference after-hours activities and I thoroughly enjoyed myself over the full three days."
Glen Corder, Sustainable Minerals Institute, Australia

"I'm sure that SRCR '11 was a great opportunity to increase my network and to get know more about research lines focused on a "sustainability thinking"... so important for the future of mining industries... I'm so glad for it and I hope to be able to attend SRCR '14!"
Juarez Amaral Filho, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

"This was my first participation in a MEI event, and I must say that it was a truly fruitful and enjoyable experience. I express my gratitude to Barry, Barbara and Jon for their hospitality and the excellent organization of this SRCR ´11, and I will be looking forward to be part of new events. Congratulations as well to all the participants, for the high technical level of their works. I had an excellent opportunity to meet new people, and I expect to be in touch with all of them."
Gustavo Neira, UIS, Colombia

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