IPA Launched Sustainability Strategy

On 18 November 2009 the IPA held a stakeholder roundtable in Brussels to inaugurate its Sustainability Principles and discuss an outline of its sustainability strategy with representatives from EU institutions.

The roundtable garnered high-level representatives from all relevant Commission Directorates-General (DGs Environment, Research, Enterprise, Trade, and Development), Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) as well as management and C-level representatives from the platinum group metals (PGM) industry.

The objective of this first sustainability roundtable was to test the sustainability strategy developed by the PGM industry against the expectations of EU regulators in order to gather feedback and input which can be used to complement the roadmap and adapt the strategic direction where needed.

Furthermore, the group discussed areas of possible collaboration with EU institutions such as recyclability against the background of cross-border movements and securing access and supply of raw materials.

Key note speeches were given by Jacinto dos Santos Rocha, Deputy Director from the Department for Minerals and Energy of South Africa, and Dr. Roland Gerner, CEO of W.C. Heraeus and (then) IPA President.

Mr Rocha stressed the importance of including South Africa as the major source of PGMs in the development of a sustainability strategy for the sector. He called for a significant and meaningful increase in the level of value addition to the metals, including research, in the countries where PGMs are found.

Dr. Gerner's presentation covered the role of PGMs as necessary components in many products, IPA members and activities as well as the industry's newly developed sustainability strategy. The presentations were followed by a stimulating and highly informed debate.

The IPA will continue and deepen the dialogue with different stakeholder groups in order to demonstrate a tangible progress in implementing the principles set out.

Within the IPA, the Sustainability Committee now takes care of further developing a detailed programme based on the strategy adopted.