A Cross-Sector Guide for Implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy

The publication is aimed at environmental professionals working in, or with, extractive industries and financial institutions, who are responsible for overseeing the application of the mitigation hierarchy to biodiversity conservation, while balancing conservation needs with development priorities. The cross-sector approach  was essential in building an understanding about what good practice looks like.

The publication can be downloaded from the CSBI website [http://www.csbi.org.uk/tools-and-guidance/]

Mineral resources in life cycle impact assessment‚ÄĒdefining the path forward

Originally, Life Cycle Assessment used estimates of total crustal content to calculate how many years’ worth of natural resource existed. Later, practitioners began limiting existing stocks to those identified by the United States Geological Survey in its annual Commodity Summaries. (See, for example the EU's Product Environmental Footprint resources). Because of the nature of the equations used, LCA results are highly sensitive to these differences in assumed total stock of abiotic resources. There is increasing international consensus that this aspect of Life Cycle Impact Assessment is truly broken and in need of an entire re-think.

More recently, several researchers have suggested that metal production has peaked, that resources will be depleted within decades and that declining ore grades can be used to forecast a time when mining will no longer be viable. This has underlined a lack of cross-disciplinary understanding of Mineral Economics.

In a new peer-reviewed publication, "Mineral resources in life cycle impact assessment‚ÄĒdefining the path forward", we have come forward with probably the first globally coordinated mining industry contribution to the last twenty years of research into¬†resource assessment in Life Cycle Thinking.

In the paper (which is freely available for download), exploration, geology, and economic experts from the global mining industry provide recommendations to ensure that future research into mineral resource assessment has a sound basis and that practitioners can utilize more appropriate tools for their work.

The paper's findings were recently debated at an International Workshop co-hosted by the Natural History Museum London (follow link for access to all presentations).

Implementing the EIP on Raw Materials in selected EU Member States

A new publication ‚ÄúImplementing the EIP on Raw Materials in selected EU Member States‚ÄĚ prepared by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in close cooperation with other partners, namely Euromines, IndustriAll, EURACOAL and the European Commission has just been¬†published. The publication summarizes the work done in 2015 when the European Economic and Social Committee‚Äôs Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) decided to hold four round tables ‚Äď in Spain, Slovakia, Romania and Finland.

The aim of our round-tables is to also fulfil the mandate set by the European Commission for consultation and participation of civil society and social partners on the implementation of these initiatives.

Topics addressed in the round-table discussions included:

  • Production, trade and consumption of energy and non-energy raw materials;
  • Political, legal, administrative and societal challenges related with the secure access to raw materials from EU sources
  • Secondary raw materials and aspects related to the concept of ‚Äúcircular economy‚ÄĚ;
  • Health and Safety issues.

The objective of the round-table debates was to link the Member States’ economic and industrial policy along the value chain from raw materials to end-products and to develop strategies and overcome obstacles to maintain a well-functioning European industrial fabric by improving investment conditions and creating new jobs.

The activities carried out in partnership in 2015 were greatly appreciated by the representatives of the two sides of industry and government institutions, which is why in the coming period, we will look into the possibility of holding similar events in other EU countries.

We hope you will find this publication interesting and useful.

Abiotic Raw-Materials in Life Cycle Impact Assessments: An Emerging Consensus across Disciplines

This paper captures some of the emerging consensus points that came out of the workshop ‚ÄúMineral Resources in Life Cycle Impact Assessment: Mapping the path forward‚ÄĚ, held at the Natural History Museum London on 14 October 2015: that current practices rely in many instances on obsolete data, often confuse resource depletion with impacts on resource availability, which can therefore provide inconsistent decision support and lead to misguided claims about environmental performance. Participants agreed it would be helpful to clarify which models estimate depletion and which estimate availability, so that results can be correctly reported in the most appropriate framework. Most participants suggested that resource availability will be more meaningfully addressed within a comprehensive Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment framework rather than limited to an environmental Life Cycle Assessment or Footprint.

Supporting publications from The United States Geological Survey and Leiden University are also freely available in the same Special Issue of the journal "resources":
(http://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/5/1/14, http://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/5/1/16)

Euromines Newsletter - February 2016

In this issue of Euromines Newsletter focused on Europe’s Energy and Climate Change Policy you will find the following articles:

  • A new Climate Change Agreement ‚Äď December 2015
  • The EU‚Äôs policy on the Energy Union
  • Energy efficiency - Stakeholder consultation
  • ETS revision - Stakeholder Consultation
  • The ETS revision and the increasing pace of emission reduction
  • Assessment of Trade and Emissions intensity
  • The European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources

Before it's yours, we mine it

From exquisite architecture, housing and infrastructure to everyday items such as toothpaste and mirrors; mining provides valuable resources for essential consumer goods. ‚ÄúBefore it‚Äôs yours, we mine it‚ÄĚ highlights the importance of minerals and metals in our daily life. Come and discover interesting facts about them.

From outstanding constructions to daily essentials…


In the PDF file below you can find a preview of the first couple of pages of the book and the page with the table of contents.

If you wish to order a hard copy of the book please contact:

Ms. Azi Bairami

The price: ‚ā¨25

Euromines Annual Report 2015

Euromines Annual Report 2015 "The Sustainable Goods and Services we provide" is now available. The theme of this year’s report includes four chapters covering the most important areas of Euromines day-to-day work. It highlights a number of achievements in the field of policy, innovation, exploration, environment, energy, health & safety and communication issues.

Both the European Union and our own industry face ‚Äėhard times‚Äô at the moment. However our industry always invests for a better future. As expressed by Euromines President Mr. Mark Rachovides "When we say that European companies ‚Äúlead the World‚ÄĚ that goes beyond profits or market share. Value and investment is expressed in innovation and development but also in conduct. European Companies deliver to the highest standards in the world in all respects and in this annual report we set out some examples of how that is achieved.

European values must be relevant to today‚Äôs Europeans. In the Book of Deuteronomy we are guided that ‚ÄúJustice, and only justice you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land..‚ÄĚ Mining must be recognised as beneficial to our society, as a responsible and reliable industry and partner that provides both prosperity and hope to Europe..‚ÄĚ

We hope you will enjoy reading it.

For hard copies please contact our secretariat: secretariat@euromines.be