Euromines Position with regards to the Energy Efficiency Directive

Euromines welcomes the Commission’s proposal aiming to promote energy efficiency within the European Union. However, the rules aiming at removing barriers and overcoming market failures should not lead to an overall increase in pressure and economic, social and environmental costs that might subsequently undermine the fundamental principle of sustainable development by making impossible to serve the essential needs of mankind at present while protecting and ensuring the needs of future generations.

It is our strong conviction that one of the main purposes of the energy efficiency directive should be to ensure an integrated approach to consistency, stability and predictability along the whole value chain by taking into consideration the following aspects:

1.An accurate definition and an appropriate methodology for evaluating “energy efficiency”

The energy efficiency should be defined and measured by taking into consideration the industry response to the actual dynamic market demand and supply balance. Decisions favouring investments in technology and innovation increasing energy efficiency, the amount of energy consumed per individual product/service as well as the GDP/capita should be taken into consideration when measuring energy efficiency.

Targets should be indicative, not binding. Placing a linear, absolute binding energy consumption cap on the industry without taking into consideration the other factors influencing energy efficiency should be avoided.  The targets should be flexible and rather based on the industry specific overall actions, the effectiveness in taking early action to avoid energy loss, generating economic growth, creating jobs and making investments especially in technology and innovation.

2.The overall energy efficiency rate along the value chain

Instead of introducing an absolute energy consumption cap, the directive should rather concentrate on providing for the increase in the energy performance along the whole life cycle of a product. For example, high energy consumption in the early life cycle stages of a product might lead to a decrease in energy consumption later in the production processes, thus resulting in an overall increase of the energy performance, measured as the ratio between the useful output of the end-use product and the associated energy input.

3.The physical and chemical characteristics of each product

For several products a decrease in energy consumption is only possible up to a certain point after which their chemical and physical characteristics would be negatively affected leading to a decrease in the product quality or even safety. For example, process emissions are generated through chemical reactions among raw materials used in the production process. These emissions, strictly correlated to the production level by a multiplication factor are unavoidable.

4.Local and regional characteristics

EU universally applicable rules and requirements should be assessed against local suitability, as most of them already have a local, national or regional dimension. So far, the current Directive in force has been successful especially because it has allowed Member States to make use of their national specificities and strategies. Therefore, the directive should leave it up to the member states to decide how they meet energy efficiency targets.

Even more, the rate of energy efficiency changes should be calculated at a company, sectoral and at Member State level as all these are dependent on the regional energy mix, the economic and social development as well as the local priorities and potential.

5.The EU energy policy mix

It is our belief that the different EU energy related pieces of legislation should avoid overlapping, in particular when it comes to the relation among BATs, energy efficiency and/or the emissions trading system (ETS). They should complement each other in supporting the industry, not overburdening it.

Therefore we recommend that the ETS-related sectors be excluded from EED. The EED should only cover energy consumption that is not covered by any other EU legislation.

At the same time, the energy scientifically used under BAT requirements as an indispensable element for the physical and chemical transformation in the production process should also be exempt from the energy efficiency directive.

Euromines welcomes the European Union commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% domestically by 2030 (the sectors covered by the ETS to reduce their emissions by 43% compared to 2005) and is prepared to take all measures to ensure compliance with these absolute values. However, additional measures and policies focusing exclusively on the reduction of energy consumption would be counterproductive and increases the burden on the mining industry.  Therefore, it is very important to ensure that the functioning of the EU ETS is not undermined by the energy efficiency strict, binding requirements.

6.Investments in technology aiming at increasing energy efficiency

Euromines believes that financial compensation measures are of utmost importance to increase energy efficiency. Energy intensive industries acting in the mining sector constantly have to improve their energy efficiency as they struggle to reduce a major cost via more efficient processes. A number of companies have made over the last few years major efforts to increase energy efficiency up to the level that technology and physics allow.

7.The fields where energy losses are the highest, such as transportation and buildings


Euromines Position with regards to the Electricity Market Design

Euromines welcomes a well-functioning, integrated electricity market

Euromines supports a stable and predictable energy and climate change policy that ensures sustainable growth and global competiveness for the EU industry as a whole as well as for the energy-intensive industries in particular. We share the belief that the main objective of energy policies should be securing energy at affordable prices as well as ensuring industrial competiveness while achieving appropriate climate reduction targets.

Euromines welcomes the European Union commitment to ensure a well-functioning, integrated electricity market allowing non-discriminatory market access for resource providers and electricity customers, empowering consumers, enabling demand response and energy efficiency, facilitating aggregation of distributed demand and supply, and contributing to the decarbonisation of the economy.  Nevertheless, the overall design of the electricity market should not undermine the essential economic, social and environment –related input needed by the society’s sustainable development. 

Euromines Newsletter - June 2017

In this issue of Euromines Newsletter you will find the following articles:

  • EU-Canada Mineral Investment Facility Project
  • Agnico Eagle Finland – Proud of our Past, Focused on our Future
  • Exporting Canadian Mining Expertise to Grow a Gold Mining Industry in Greece
  • The EU industrial policy, raw materials and the CETA agreement
  • The EU’s feasibility study on a Minerals investment facility - First Workshop in Brussels

Euromines Annual Report 2016

Euromines Annual Report 2016 “Why Not Invest in Europe!” is now available. This theme addresses the challenge the extractive industry faces of supplying minerals and metals to 500 million Europeans, as well as the steps the industry and in particular Euromines members are taking to help meet those needs. 

As Euromines President Mark Rachovides explains, “In short, our industry must belong to more people, be recognized as of value and as part of Europe’s future and its hope.” 

In this report, you will find information about key achievements that are taking us closer to this goal, such as important international partnerships, addressing the mineral and economic potential in Europe, maximizing benefits of technological growth and the continuous pursuit of improving policies and practices. 

Beyond Compliance: Safety Culture

Euromines Health and Safety Publication

A top priority for the European extractive industry is keeping workers as safe as possible. To do that, companies must make health and safety more than just a priority – it must be deeply embedded in the culture of an organisation. 

In this brochure, we address this difference and explain what companies can do to ensure the highest possible standards at every level of their organisations. This includes how policies are developed and communicated, the role of leadership and how new technologies are saving lives and reducing injuries. 

Natura 2000: A Guide to the Guide - Spanish version

Euromines publication "Natura 2000: A Guide to the Guide" is now available in Spanish!

The purpose of the European Commission Guidance on Non-energy mineral extraction and Natura 2000 is to address issues for which the European Commission is responsible. However, the extractive industry has its own guidelines on how to prevent the loss of biodiversity in all areas of operation, some of which go beyond, but do not specifically address, particular requirements of the EU Nature Directives.

This “Guide to the Guide” constitutes part of a Biodiversity Toolkit promoted by Euromines, which is otherwise made up of previously existing documents. It is intended to assist companies in their interpretation of the European Commission Guidance and discussion with permitting authorities and should be read in conjunction with the European Commission Guidance.

Click here for more information about the English issue of "Natura 2000: A Guide to the Guide".

Main challenges and drivers for industry in exploration and extraction in practice: The industry perspective

The presentation of Thomas Drnek (representing Euromines and RHI AG) at "MIN-GUIDE Policy Laboratory 2" in Leoben, Austria,21 - 22 March 2017.

MIN-GUIDE is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to establish a coherent and innovation friendly minerals policy framework in Europe by developing a Minerals Policy Guide and engaging diverse stakeholders in the mineral sector and related areas.


A Quick Guide to Socio-economic Analysis of a Mining/Quarrying Project

One of the most visible economic impacts of mining/quarrying operations on a community is the employment that it generates. 
Employment is generated through the creation of jobs within the mining/quarrying operation itself, for instance during the exploration, mining/quarrying and closure/rehabilitation phases. These jobs are directly related to the mining/quarrying operation. However, there are jobs created outside of the ‘gates’ of a mining/quarrying operation. These are a result of the building of roadways to reach the mine/quarry, the construction of new homes for mines/quarries and their families, and the businesses required to service the families for instance.
The objective is to calculate the total employment generated by the operation

A Quick Guide to Community Development

Sustainable community development programs are those that contribute to the community’s longterm development needs and priorities and ensure a fairer distribution of the costs, benefits, risks and responsibilities associated with mining activities. 

Euromines Newsletter - November 2016

In this issue of Euromines Newsletter you will find the following articles:

  • EIT RawMaterials, a New European Initiative in Raw Materials
  • The EU Copernicus Programme and the Raw Materials Sector
  • Enhancing Implementation and Capacities: The New EU Mining Mentor Centre and Its Objectives
  • METALert – An Emergency Response System for Heavy Metals in the Environment
  • Integrating Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation into the Life-Cycle Management of Mining and Milling Sites
  • LKAB´s Work with Compensation of Natural Resources for the Mertainen Site
  • Green Bridge Competition – Examples of the Best Practices in the Rehabilitation of the Mining Sites in the Czech Republic