Enhancing Implementation and Capacities: The New EU Mining Mentor Centre and Its Objectives

Waste from the extractive industry provides a challenge and an opportunity in times where the EU is committed to circular economy and wishes to secure access to raw materials in order to ensure its economic growth.  It is therefore important that the EU continues to follow different avenues in order to improve its waste and land management. Resource efficiency needs to drive recovery of primary and secondary raw materials from extracted materials and old mine waste disposal sites, as well as end-of life products. Equally important, rehabilitation of old sites and application of modern techniques need to ensure the return of the land to society in an adequate condition for future use.

RTD and innovation into new techniques that achieve higher environmental, health, and safety protection has been and needs to be supported. In order to achieve better implementation across the EU, efforts needs to be made in capacity building of all concerned stakeholders.

The objective of the newly formed EU Mining Mentor Centre is to provide to the industry and other public and private stakeholders high quality expertise and support in the area of mine and quarry issues (as may be stipulated by EU or related national legislations). This includes environmental management, water management, material recovery for added-value, mine closure, and site remediation and aftercare, as well as expertise on social restructuring and retraining. Mine closure and site remediation is a long term and complex process. Not only the technical implementation, but also social and health impacts, safety regulations, specific legislative expertise, etc. are needed to be dealt with in this complex process.

The EU Mining Mentor Centre is capable of providing the necessary competences with a proven track-record of the experts involved.

The vision is to build a European Competence Centre that can give high quality support on these mine issues.

Its objectives are:

  • To deliver high quality support on mine issues (as may be stipulated by EU or related national legislations) including environmental management, water management, material recovery for added-value, and mine closure and site remediation based on competences with a proven track-record of the experts involved.
  • To deliver solutions for mine closure and site remediation which are long term and complex processes.  Not only the technical implementation, but also social and health impacts, safety regulations, specific legislative expertise, etc. are needed to deal with in this complex process.
  • The EU Mining Mentor Centre consists of a number of relevant and related experts who will cover the whole spectrum of issues and will provide  training and consultancy services.

Dr. Corina Hebestreit
Euromines

Hebestreit@euromines.be