PSI in Austria for European Minerals Policy Laboratory

PSI researchers Martha Bicket and Dr Pete Barbrook-Johnson are in Leoben, Austria this week, taking part in the EU H2020 project MIN-GUIDE Policy Lab on Innovations and Supporting Policies for Mineral Exploration and Extraction. The event brings together industry, government and academics to share innovations and good practice in mining and mining policy.

One of the key focuses of the project is how the sector can further incorporate Circular Economy principles and meet its environmental protection responsibilities, in the face of growing demand for minerals. This is an interesting and lively debate in a sector keen to revamp its image amongst policy makers and the public, but which also often reports feeling constrained by policy at the national and European level.

PSI is a partner in the MIN-GUIDE project. The project addresses the need for a secure and sustainable supply of minerals in Europe by developing a ‘Minerals Policy Guide’. The functioning of European economies and, consequently, the well-being of societies is highly dependent on the long-term supply of natural resources and raw materials for production and use. However, access to non-energy mineral raw materials that constitute the basis of industrial value-chains is not stable and secure. To secure minerals supply in Europe we would need a policy framework promoting innovative and sustainable approaches to tackles challenges in the mining value chain.

The MIN-GUIDE project has been designed to comprehensively tackle these challenges. The project will link to the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP) by feeding back its results into EU policy process, and supports outreach activities and community building. MIN-GUIDE is a project that is funded by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 programme. It is carried out by 10 organisations representing 9 European countries. The project runs from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2019.