European Sustainable Mining – Best Practice Cases

The more ambitious climate targets, the more metals and minerals needed for a clean energy transition. European mining companies and mining technology companies are essential for European value chains and thus crucial for overcoming post-pandemic global economic crisis. Read more on sustainable mining best practice cases in the attached publication.

Evaluation Study to support the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives

The study has been prepared by a consortium of ex-perts led by Milieu Ltd and including the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IE-Đ•Đ ), ICF International and Ecosystems Ltd.

March 2016

Guidance Document: Non-energy mineral extraction and Natura 2000

Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature and biodiversity policy. It is an EU-wide ecological network of nearly 26000 sites in the 27 EU countries, established under the 1992 Habitats Directive and covering almost 18% of the EU’s land area. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species, habitats and ecosystems, which, in addition to their intrinsic values, offer a wide range of social and economic benefits to society.

These guidelines show how the needs of extractive industry can be met while avoiding adverse effects on wildlife and nature. They examine how the potential impacts of extraction activities on nature and biodiversity can be minimised or avoided altogether. They highlight the importance of strategic planning, the appropriate assessment of new developments, and the need for adequate mitigation measures. The guidelines contain many examples of best practice, and show how some extraction projects can ultimately be beneficial to biodiversity by providing highly quality ecological niches.

Halkidiki: Forged from Land and Sea

We are pleased to present the book Halkidiki: Forged from Land and Sea by geological expert 
Nikolaos Arvanitidis. In this book, you can find great insights about mineral resources in the Greek region Halkidiki and their significance as well as a forward by Euromines President Mark Rachovides. 

The introduction to the book offers the following description of its contents: 

“Through the pages of this book Halkidiki emerges in the form of a colourful, multi-faceted and high-priced mosaic. A mosaic made so that it looks like it wants to unite the land with the Sea, to embrace and protect together the People in the area. On the basis of this parable of geological coupling, our writer travels from the depths of history to today’s reality, especially in relation to challenges and possibilities that are due to and stem from Nature itself.
A highly distinctive scientific and social approach, from a variety of perspectives, which exudes not only the presence of multidimensional mining, but also all the other activities that co-exist with it and grow next to and around it, generously offering to the people who live and work in Halkidiki, the quality of life, advancement and progress they deserve.”

Download your copy of Halkidiki: Forged from Land and Sea below. 

How to better account for your primary raw materials in your LCA

The issues of resource availability and sustainability go hand in hand as major concerns for the future of raw materials in Europe. SUPRIM aims to identify a consistent, empirically verifiable cause-and-effect chain linking flows of natural resources to sustainability impacts.

The general equations for characterisation Life Cycle Impact Assessment models developed by SUPRIM represent a new state-of-art and are the most reliable of their kind thanks to the unique mix of expertise existing within the project consortium. Read more in the SUPRIM final product publication.