The IRTC project has had so far an immense success in bringing together the leading experts on criticality. On November 20, these experts used the platform provided by the EU Raw Materials Week to convene for a final event of the first phase and discuss how to continue with the project.

At the meeting, the results of the previous work – namely, the criticality assessment method review – was summarized. In addition, the consortium members discussed and agreed upon a method for writing an upcoming joint scientific paper, which will show ways how circular economy approaches can help mitigate criticality issues. This paper will also serve as a bridge to the second phase of the IRTC project – IRTC Business – in which the findings of the first phase will be translated into concrete advice for businesses on how to manage the criticality issue.