Critical materials and conflict minerals—responding to the business risk

Hosted by: Dr Jamie O'Hare of Granta Design & Nicholas Morley, Director, Oakdene Hollins

  • Learn about the business risks associated with critical materials and conflict minerals from Europe's leading consultancy on this topic.
  • Discover the business and engineering strategies that can be applied to mitigate these risks.
  • See how Granta's Critical Materials Data Module offers a practical tool for identifying and avoiding critical materials and conflict minerals in design.

Watch on-demand:

Watch this short web seminar, recorded live in Feb 2013, to learn how leading engineering organizations are responding to the business risks associated with critical materials. Nicholas Morley, of Oakdene Hollins, shares his experiences working with business in several sectors to support change toward more sustainable products, processes, services, and supply chains, with particular emphasis on the challenges posed by critical materials and conflict minerals.

Read more about Nicholas Morley and Oakdene Hollins below 

You will also see tools to help you avoid or mitigate the business risks associated with critical materials and conflict minerals such as material supply disruptions, sudden material price escalations, or failure to meet the reporting requirements of legislation such as the Dodd-Frank Act. Granta's Critical Materials Data Module, which links elemental supply risk information to materials by composition, helps materials engineers and product sustainability experts in manufacturing organizations to perform a data-driven risk assessment for materials supply risks, and take early mitigating action to ensure business continuity and reduce long term costs of production.

This web seminar will be of interest to Product Stewardship Managers or Materials Experts in medium-large manufacturers in aero-defense, automotive or general manufacturing sectors. Join us to hear how others in your area are assessing and managing the business risks, and the tools they are using to do this.


Introduction and overview

Presentation by Oakdene Hollins

  • Introduction to Oakdene Hollins
  • What are ‘Critical Materials’?
  • Legislation on ‘Conflict Minerals’ (e.g. the Dodd-Frank Act)
  • What are the business risks?
  • What actions can be taken to mitigate the risks?

Demonstration of Granta's Critical Materials Data Module

Q&A session

About the Guest Speaker

Nicholas Morley is a founder and director of Oakdene Hollins and has seventeen years consulting experience in innovation and environmental sustainability, including substitution of chemicals and materials, clean production technologies and recycling/re-use. 

He has led Oakdene Hollins’ research on critical materials since 2006.  He is the joint author of the 2008 materials criticality study for the UK Government, a contributor to the study for the JRC Energy and Transport on bottleneck materials in strategic energy technologies, and also to the study on the recycling of critical materials.  Nick has advised the Division of Economic Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government on rare earths and has contributed to an expert workshop on critical materials research in the USA at the invitation of DG Research.  He has presented widely internationally on materials criticality issues, including at EU Raw Material Initiative workshops, EU-US and UK-German collaborative workshops on materials criticality, various UK conferences and for BBC radio programmes.

He has also been the managing director of a company processing critical materials (tungsten) with direct experience of supply chain issues and attitudes of procurers.

Oakdene Hollins is a specialised sustainability and techno-economic consultancy.  It has a strong reputation in raw material risk studies and has carried out a series of them for European and UK clients since its first study for the UK government in 2008.

The company was started in 1994 and over the past nineteen years has expanded its interests to include:

  • advising businesses on emerging environmental markets and investment decisions
  • technical consulting in sustainable products and in resource-related issues
  • assessing emerging technologies
  • policy analysis and impact assessment for public sector clients such, the European Commission, OECD, UK Department of Environment, and the UK Environment Agency
  • labelling, certification and sustainability R&D programmes.

Oakdene Hollins is one of the leading European sources of information and expertise in resource economics and materials criticality.  It has been extensively involved in the materials security area, the recovery of these materials and the UK materials recovery infrastructure in general.  The company has authored several reports within the materials security field, ranging from the classification of critical materials to examining where opportunities for their recovery will occur in the future.  It is currently leading a consortium updating the Critical Raw Material list for the European Commission.

About Granta's Critical Materials Data Module

Granta's Critical Materials Data Module enables you to identify and understand supply risk for the materials used in your organization based on factors such as geopolitical risk, physical scarcity, co-production risk, conflict mineral risk, and price volatility. Join the webinar to see it in action, and hear how such tools are helping with data-driven risk assessment of materials supply risks, and the mitigating action which organizations are able to take.

The GRANTA MI web browser interface allows you to browse the contents of the Critical Materials Data Module (left) or search those contents. Individual element datasheets provide data relating to supply risk (right).

The GRANTA MI web browser interface allows you to browse the contents of the Critical Materials Data Module (left) or search those contents. Individual element datasheets provide data relating to supply risk (right).