The ProSUM project will establish a European network of expertise on secondary sources of critical raw materials (CRMs), vital to today’s high-tech society. ProSUM directly supports the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials and its Strategic Implementation Plan calling for the creation of a European raw materials knowledge base. Data on primary and secondary raw materials are available in Europe, but scattered amongst a variety of institutions including government agencies, universities, NGOs and industry. By establishing a EU Information Network (EUIN), the project will coordinate efforts to collect secondary CRM data and collate maps of stocks and flows for materials and products of the “urban mine”. The scope is the particularly relevant sources for secondary CRMs: Electrical and electronic equipment, vehicles, batteries and mining tailings. The project will construct a comprehensive inventory identifying, quantifying and mapping CRM stocks and flows at national and regional levels across Europe. Via a user-friendly, open-access Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform (EU-UMKDP), it will communicate the results online and combine them with primary raw materials data from the on-going Minerals4EU project. To maintain and expand the EU-UMKDP in the future, it will provide update protocols, standards and recommendations for additional statistics and improved reporting on CRM’s in waste flows required. ProSUM – “prosum” is Latin for “I am useful” – provides a factual basis for policy makers to design appropriate legislation, academia to define research priorities and to identify innovation opportunities in recovering CRMs for the recycling industry. The EUIN enables interdisciplinary collaboration, improves dissemination of knowledge and supports policy dialogues.
Targets and Aims
To deliver the first Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform:
– A centralised database of all available data and information on arisings, stocks, flows and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), batteries and mining wastes.
– Primary and secondary raw materials data, easily accessible in one platform.
– Provides the foundation for improving Europe’s position on raw material supply, with the ability to accommodate more wastes and resources in future.
– Will provide user friendly, seamless access to data and intelligence on mineral resources from extraction to end of life products with the ability to reference all spatial and non-spatial data.
To provide harmonised data for to allow stakeholders to improve the management of these wastes and enhance the resource efficiency of collection, treatment and recycling:
– Providing screened interoperable data on products and mining waste in stock, waste flows, the nature of the waste and the materials and elements which they contain.
– Providing protocols and methodologies to update the EU-UMKDP and to make future data comparable and interoperable.
ProSUM, Latin for ‘I am useful’, has created an Information Network:
– Allowing partners in the network to provide and use data by the creation of an inventory of waste streams with a high potential to serve as a source of CRMs.
– The project will be addressed to a wide range of end-users, including the recycling industry, producers and producer compliance schemes, and policy makers.
– The Network will identify how data should be presented and organised for this wide range of stakeholders to ensure it meets their needs.
A consortium of 17 partners, representing research institutes, geological surveys and industry, with excellence in all above domains deliver this ambitious project.
The project is administered by BRGM, C-Tech Innovation, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, CHALMERS, Czech Geological Survey, EMPA, EUCOBAT, EuroGeoSurveys, GEUS, GeoZS, Geological Survey of Sweden, Recharge, Technische Universtät Berlin, Technische Universiteit Delft, United Nations University, WEEE Forum, WRAP.
Under EuroGeoSurveys umbrella there are linked third-parties: HGI-CGS, GSD, IGME-Gr, GSI, TNO, NGU, PGI-NRI, LNEG, IGME-Sp and GeoInform.
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