A response to the Raw Materials Initiative
This declaration constitutes a response from the European extractive industry, governmental institutions, geological surveys and academia across Europe. It emphasizes the responsibility in terms of future needs for a common agenda concerning research and higher education related to a sustainable supply of metallic and non-metallic raw materials.
We believe that:
• A future society without minerals and metals is unthinkable.
• The global growth of population and of the world economy demands a strong emphasis on securing future mineral supply.
• There is a great potential for sustainable supply of raw materials from EU resources, but we need access to land, an improved knowledge base and R&D to improve methods for exploration, extraction and recycling.
• European companies are highly competitive and (high-tech) technology providers for the world. It is important that the mineral sector is recognized in the EU land access planning and in the EU R&D programs for maintaining this leadership. The development of a pan-European “Europe beneath our feet” knowledge base on the geology and mineral resources needs to be supported jointly by the European Commission and the Member States.
• The future mineral supply is a grand challenge for society at large. The extractive industry, academia and geological surveys are committed to contribute to sustainable mineral supply and meeting future challenges by excellent R&D. Improved transparency and simplifications are necessary in the mechanisms and administrative procedures governing EU-funded research.
• A sustainable supply of minerals and metals needs to be eco-efficient. This can be achieved by improved resource and energy efficiency and by increased use of secondary raw materials.
The appendix describes the way forward.
The organisations present at the Conference on sustainable mineral resources within EU: European higher education and research on metallic and mineral raw materials, listed below, agreed on the declaration.
Universities Organisations and Institutes Industry
INPL, Nancy Centek Atlas Copco
Luleå University of Technology Euromines Boliden AB
RWTH, Aachen Georange Destia Ltd
University of Leoben MinFo KGHM
University of Oulu Mintek LKAB
University of Oslo MIROLappland Goldminers AB
MITU Outotec Oyj
Geological Surveys North Sweden European Office Raw Materials Group
IGME ProMine RHI
Geological Survey of Sweden Inst. Mech. Constr. & Rock Nordic Rock Tech Centre
Geological Survey of Finland Sveriges Bergmaterialindustri BRGM
Geological Survey of Norway