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Blockchain rare-earth scheme certifies sustainability for EVs

Blockchain rare-earth scheme certifies sustainability for EVs

The blockchain rare-earth scheme is an EU-funded certification scheme. The is project is to certify sustainability for EVs. 

Automakers demanded evidence about materials used in manufacturing magnets for EVs. Therefore, the EU-funded certification scheme uses blockchain and is under development for rare earth. 

What is the Blockchain rare-earth scheme?

The Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA) and Dutch supply chain traceability firm Circularise said that the Circular System for Assessing Rare Earth Sustainability or CSyARES should be ready in approximately three years. 

The EIT Raw Materials is an organization funded by the EU. EIT Raw Materials will implement the 2020 EU action plan, though the exact amounts are yet to unfold. 

The EU drew up the action plan to secure critical minerals for the bloc. 

Furthermore, this system will set global standards giving consumers the confidence to demand sustainable products. 

Teresa Oberhauser of Circularise said the system would track rare earths using blockchain tokens, or digital passports, through the complex supply chain from mining to end-of-life. 

She commented on auditing forms issuing certificates for sustainability of mining products, including some rare earth, saying, “It is a very manual process. Some of those certificates can even be found on eBay, it’s not really trustworthy.”

The five partners involved in CSyARES are Circularise, REIA, Germany’s BEC, Denmark’s Grundfos, and London-based Minviro. 

How is rare-earth sustainable for EVs?

The 17 related minerals found across the Earth’s crust can benefit motors in EVs and generators in wind turbines. 

Also, The Association of Chinese Rare Earths Industries is a member of REIA. REIA said, “Members are signatories (to the standards) and they have choice to proceed further in adoption.” when asked if China would use CSyARES. 

Nabeel Mancheri, secretary-general of REIA, says that various automakers and their suppliers are eager to use the system. 

However, the system will start functioning in nearly three years. 

Moreover, The EU has kept rare earths as a top priority as 98% of the bloc’s permanent magnets are vital for the defence sector. Previously, China provided the EU with the bloc magnets. 


As new technology makes way for a sustainable future, various industries are also pitching in. Porsche has used Circularise to certify the tractability of plastics in the past. 

However, Volkswagen refused to comment on their use of the CSyARES scheme.

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