During recent years technological innovations resulted in manifold applications using rare
earths which lead to a steep increase in their demand. A relevant share of the increasing
demand is caused by so-called “green technologies”. The action in the fields of recycling should be started now without further delay as it will take
a minimum of five to ten years for the first large-size implementation to take place. The
research for substitution options and efficiency should also be reinforced as soon as possible.