02/09/2015 Research and Science
The ASTER project shines a light on rare earths
In an era when producing sustainably is paramount, critical resources are undergoing rapid supply-side changes. The ASTER project (Systemic Analysis of Rare Earth Elements) has looked into some of today's most pressing challenges, including dependence (rare earths are actually abundant, though highly spread out), societal challenges posed by their extraction and the upheaval of production relationships. The project, which benefited from French National Research Agency (ANR) funding, also addressed how to recycle and make the best and most responsible use of natural resources.