EU readies new recycling goals for permanent magnets in white goods, wind turbines

(EurActiv, 7 Nov 2023) The EU is moving forward with new legislation to boost the recycling of rare earths contained in permanent magnets, used in everything from wind turbines to electric vehicles as well as home appliances like washing machines and microwave ovens.

Last month, the European Parliament voted on its position on the EU’s proposed Critical Raw Materials Act, which aims to bolster EU self-sufficiency in the minerals needed for the green and digital transitions.

The draft legislation, which still needs to be agreed by EU member states before it becomes law, introduces aspirational targets for the extraction, processing and recycling of key raw materials in Europe in a bid to reduce the EU’s reliance on imports from countries like China.

Among the new provisions put forward in the legislation are measures to boost the recycling of permanent magnets that are used in wind turbines, electric vehicles and home appliances like heat pumps and washing machines.

“Permanent magnets are incorporated in a wide variety of products, with wind turbines and electric vehicles being the most important and fastest-growing applications,” says the European Parliament report, approved in September.

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