WRF: World Resources Forum 2021 – Green Deal for Sustainable Resources

By guest author Mathias Schluep, Managing Director of WRF

What role do transparency and technology play in promoting a sustainable trade in natural resources? Is green mining a myth or can it become reality? These and other questions are the focus of an event organised by the World Resources Forum (WRF) on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, at the Empa Academy in Dübendorf, near Zurich (CH). The event is part of a global conference under the topic “A Green Deal for Sustainable Resources”. Experts from industry, academia, civil society and politics will shed light on the role of the raw materials sector in a shift towards a green, equitable and sustainable economy.

Given the ever-increasing demand for raw materials, a common policy for the sustainable use of natural resources is more urgent than ever. Based on the various environmental, social and economic challenges, political initiatives such as the European Green Deal are striving for international solutions for a sustainable resource policy. To this end, the inclusion of the raw materials sector is essential.

WRF 2021 is supported by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Empa and the ETH Board, and collaborates with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) in Ghana. The online conference will be opened by Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, Ghanaian Minister of Environment Kwaku Afriyie, and Inger Andersen, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).