Views on Indicators of Resource Efficiency & Circular Economy

The Circular Economy should yield optimum solutions to the trade-offs that exist between different environmental objectives and the environmental, social and economic imperatives of Sustainable Development. The result should be an economy that optimises its use of resources and, therefore, results in improved living conditions and reduced waste globally. The European extractive industries fully support the premise that life cycle management approaches are required to describe and monitor Resource Efficiency.

See also the European Raw Materials Scoreboard

Top-down characterization of resource use in LCA

from problem definition of resource use to operational characterization factors for dissipation of elements to the environment

Authors:
Lauran van Oers, Jeroen B. Guinée, Reinout Heijungs, Rita Schulze, Rodrigo A. F. Alvarenga, Jo Dewulf, Johannes Drielsma, David Sanjuan-Delmás, Tobias C. Kampmann, Glenn Bark, Ainara Garcia Uriarte, Pierre Menger, Mats Lindblom, Lucas Alcon, Manuel Sevilla Ramos, Juan Manuel Escobar Torres
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment,

Published: 11 September 2020

Purpose
The methods for assessing the impact of using abiotic resources in life cycle assessment (LCA) have always been heavily debated. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of a common understanding of the problem related to resource use. This article reports the results of an effort to reach such common understanding between different stakeholder groups and the LCA community. For this, a top-down approach was applied.

 

The Swedish mining sector in sustainable futures

This report presents the results from a collaborative project run by Svemin, the of mines, mineral and metal producers, and SEI. The project examined the interactions between the mining sector and wider society and how
these could play out in a sustainable transformation.

The Mining Industry of the Future

Presentation : The Mining Industry of the Future - European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials

Speaker: Mr. Mark Rachovides, President of Euromines

Conference: Annual Conference of the Norwegian Mining and Quarrying Industries

Place: Trodheim, 17-18 October 2013

The European Mineral Raw Materials Enabling SDGs

The European mineral raw materials industry contributes to sustainable development by integrating economic growth with environmental protection, social progress and effective governance. The UN laid out a sustainable development agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Euromines supports these goals and is committing to working toward their fulfillment. Have a look and explore how the European mineral raw materials industry enabling the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The European Magnesite/Magnesia Industry: enabler in the transition to a low-carbon economy


Climate change is an undeniable and critical global challenge and its causes must be addressed by everybody as inaction is no longer an option. Transitioning to a low-carbon economy and achieving the EU climate targets will require large amounts of resources and efforts. The European magnesia sector recognizes the need to respond to this challenge and is committed to take the necessary measures to ensure that it is part of the solution.

Provider of main primary raw materials for several value chains such as steel, agriculture, paper, cement, ceramics, rubber and plastics, glass, pharmaceuticals, the European magnesia industry is a strategic supplier generating value added through employment, economic growth, development, innovation and trade. Hence, our sector is committed to engage along the value chain to ensure that climate change risks are adequately taken into consideration, decarbonisation actions are adopted and implemented and emissions are mitigated and reduced.

Sustainable Gold Mining in Europe (Greek language version)

Euromines is pleased to announce the publication of the Brochure on “Sustainable Gold Mining”.

This publication aims at presenting detailed information regarding gold, its numerous uses as well as the standards applying to gold mining production in Europe. It presents concrete examples of modern-day gold mining operations and their contribution to EU’s sustainable growth.

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