Interview “End of rare metals: time to choose”

End of rare metals: time to choose

The mining industry is the sector that generates the greatest amount of solid, liquid, and gaseous waste. That is the source of 4 to 7% of greenhouse gas emissions. Do we want to keep going in that direction? That question is very important for our future and Aurore Stephant has given an interview about it. Aurore Stephant is a french mining geologist specializing in the environmental and health risks of mineral industries. Discover her interview in French named End of rare metals: time to choose and conducted by L’ADN.

This interview gives through 7 questions an overview of the subject, an update of the resources, and the solutions we must implement today not to use all the mineral resources and those surrounding them.

Therefore, we have transposed here a few sentences of her speech because they remind us how important the issue is today and that recycling and reuse are essential solutions for tomorrow.
Tomorrow, as explained by Aurore Stephant, the resources will be consumed or inaccessible. But the metal is everywhere, so what futur do we have?


End of rare metals: time to choose


The 3 actions to promote, according to Aurore Stephant

Sober design, recycling, and reuse are the actions proposed by Aurore Stephant.

‘We will be able to:
– promote better reuse
– help with recycling
– improve specific practices or minimize the impacts on the mine.
But it’s only going to get smaller. The main problem today is that we produce too many metals, and waste too many of them, which will lead to our loss.’

Consumption of metal

According to Aurore Stephant, it is necessary to drastically reduce metal consumption in all possible sectors. When the metal is not essential, it must be avoided. It is important to promote homogenization to facilitate recycling.

Recycling metal

Aurore Stephant identifies recycling as a solution that has to be supported. For her, ‘Recycling is an important piece and will help a lot. So it is necessary to promote it and to build recycling plants in France and elsewhere.

Reusing metal

But it is also necessary to give the possibility of reusing by changing only the defective parts of the electromechanical devices, for example. Today, we still habitually change the whole product instead of a piece, mainly because the manufacturers don’t allow it. According to Aurore Stephant, ‘ discarding new metal is an aberration since the metal is used for its strength.’


So Aurore Stephant’s speech is inspiring and boosts our desire, at Fairmat, to recycle carbon fiber in an environmentally friendly way. And perhaps tomorrow, recycle landfill waste worldwide to give it a second life.