Offbeat: Ministry of Economic Affairs wants to secure important raw materials

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The Ministry of Economic Affairs campaigns for a "more active role" by the federal government in the supply of important raw materials. This emerges from a draft of cornerstones for updating the Federal Government's raw material strategy from Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) house, which is available to the German Press Agency in Berlin. The “Handelsblatt” had previously reported.

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"While in times of free markets and compensation for supply and demand companies can certainly best secure their specific needs of raw materials, this is not necessarily the case in times of digital and green transformation and changing geopolitical locations", says in the paper.

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In order to become more independent of imports, the recycling of raw materials is to be promoted, for example. In this way, rubble is often only used in road construction instead of that contained materials are recovered. The necessary technology is available, but there would be high costs and legal requirements.

bottlenecks Early recognize

With the help of “stress tests”, the ministry wants to determine the important raw materials that could lead to bottlenecks. Companies in whose supply chains threaten problems should have to indicate how they want to deal with these risks in the medium term.

For the possible closure of short -term gaps, the storage of critical and strategic raw materials should be promoted in companies and, if necessary, established state. A state-private fund should support raw material projects at home and abroad. "The fund is intended to provide equity, loans and guarantees for the financing of projects for raw material extraction, processing and recycling - especially in the capital -intensive scaling phase - in which phase, in which existing projects are expanded.

to reduce one -sided dependencies on delivery countries, the ministry wants to expand cooperation with the federal states and regions "who are considered the value partner for the German federal government".

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