How can the imbalances between the human need for natural resources and their availability be addressed?
Global growth in recent decades has been developing rapidly. This development creates strong imbalances between the human need for natural resources and their availability. The use of secondary raw materials as a substitute for natural materials is therefore becoming a major necessity and challenge for the industrial, political and scientific worlds. Reusing these secondary raw materials in different fields of application requires the control of several parameters of primary importance such as economic, environmental technical and sustainability factors.
To address these issues, IMT expertise deals with the transformation and new uses of resources along the entire value chain, for example issues of:
- understanding and controlling the interaction of these new resources (secondary raw materials) with their host environments,
- consideration of environmental, biological, geotechnical, mechanical and economic parameters
- designing eco-materials, recycling and reuse processes, industries and works of the future based on secondary raw materials
- development of value chains