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|IMA/CRM Alliance Organize Joint Luncheon Event on Lightweight|
IMA/CRM Alliance Organized Joint Luncheon Event on Lightweight
On March 7th, the International Magnesium Association (IMA) and CRM Alliance held a joint luncheon event on "Potential of Magnesium in Transport Lightweighting" in addition to the IMA European Committee meeting in Brussels.
In this first edition of such a luncheon panel discussion for the IMA European Committee members, we could welcome 4 speakers, who shared their view on the current and future lightweigthing challenge in the actual political and legislative agenda in the EU.
Right to left: Marcus Ierides (BAX&COMPANY/Alliance Lightweight), Milan Grohol (EU Commission, DG GROW), Patrick Ragnarsson (European Aluminium), Rececca Lentini (CRM Alliance), Martin Tauber (IMA, CRM Alliance).
The opening speaker of European Aluminium, Patrick Ragnarsson confirmed lighteighting as the most strait forward choice for enabling a low carbon future: "100kg weight reduction reduces CO2 emissions by up to 8g/km". He also urged the policy makers to switch from a "mass-based regulation" to a "foot-print regulation" used e.g. in the US. With this change of legislation, car-makers would not be punished any longer for using lightweighing. Marcus Ierides from BAX&Company represented the EU H2020 funded Alliance Lightweight project, where major Automotive OEMs and Material producers joined forces to achieve 1) 21-33 kg weight reduction 2) -6% lower GWP and 3) 3 Euro/kg saved in commercial vehicles. However, the project is mainly about the next generation steel alloys and new aluminium grades, it was also said that an optimized lightweight material-mix is required and that magnesium parts are important to achieve their goals. Milan Grohol from EU Commission (DG GROW) pointed out that Critical Raw Materials play a major role in the political and funding landscape. A sum of 600 mEuro is dedicated under Societal challenge 5 to Critical Raw Materials alone within the H2020 framework. A comprehensive set of online tools and portals are being established to ensure a single source of actual and accurate information. Mr. Grohol mentioned the IMA published EU Recycling study, but also made clear that the Commission prefers independent public information sources, but appreciates in that case IMAs efforts. Rebecca Lentini, Policy Advisor of the CRM Alliance explained what the Alliance offers to the industry, and lined-out the planned activities of the Alliance and Magnesium in particular. The CRM Alliance will roll-out a special action program on substitution, one of the main goals of the Alliance to prevent policy driven substitution, and to base substitution on a complete socio-economical analysis.
Martin Tauber, Chairman of the IMA European Committee and President of the CRM Alliance moderated the event.