MIN-GUIDE: Minerals Policy Guidance for Europe

Funded by: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689527

Duration:

February 2016 to January 2019

Collaborators:

WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN (Austria) (Lead coordinator)
MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN (Austria)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET (Sweden)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS (Greece)
INSTITUTO GEOLÓGICO Y MINERO DE ESPAÑA (Spain)
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO (Portugal)
GOPA COM (Belgium)
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU RUDARSKO-GEOLOSKO-NAFTNI FAKULTET (Croatia)
TYÖ- JA ELINKEINOMINISTERIÖ (Finland)

PSI researchers:


Martha Bicket

Ben Shaw

Tom Watson

Robin Vanner

Peter Barbrook-Johnson

Background, summary and aims

The MIN-GUIDE project aims to support the secure and sustainable supply of minerals in Europe through the development of a major new online repository outlining guidance and the latest in best practice for minerals policy decision makers.

The project’s key objectives are to (1) provide guidance for EU and MS minerals policy, (2) facilitate minerals policy decision making through knowledge co-production for transferability of best practice minerals policy, and (3) foster community and network building for the co-management of an innovation catalysing minerals policy framework.

MIN-GUIDE will undertake a systematic profiling and policy benchmarking of relevant policy and legislation in Europe, including the identification of innovation friendly best practices through quantitative indicators, qualitative analysis of country-specific framework conditions, and the compilation of minerals statistics and reporting systems. These insights will form the basis for developing the interactive, online ‘Minerals Policy Guide’.

A key feature of the project is the co-production of knowledge through MIN-GUIDE’s Policy Laboratories which explore best practice examples along the whole mineral production value chain (exploration and extraction, processing, recycling and mine closure). In addition, three major conferences will explore the minerals governance framework, work on recommendations for promoting innovation along the whole minerals production value chain, and in the context of the circular economy.