Industrial minerals and metal ores can only be extracted from their naturally occurring geological locations, which means they must be transported to market and considerable up-front investment is needed before revenues start to flow and returns can be made.

Therefore, the mining industry;

  1. integrates the management of its environmental impacts across all the phases of the mine-life (exploration, development, operation and closure);
  2. promotes integrated materials management throughout the metals and minerals value chain to minimise risks to the environment;
  3. is particularly interested by environmental legislation that affects management of land and development costs (permitting, construction, energy, transport etc).

Euromines promotes best practice in the above areas by preparing guidance for industry and contributing to EU Guidance on a variety of topics, including biodiversity and land-use planning; classification & labelling; materials stewardship; acid and neutral rock drainage; management of tailings and waste rock; setting of groundwater, surface and effluent water quality standards; reporting of dust emissions etc.
Euromines is continuously engaged in constructive dialogue with the European Commission to assert the industry's views and positions – particularly on Circular Economy and the EU Raw Materials Strategy, Life Cycle Assessment, Natura 2000, REACH1 , the Extractive Waste Directive, the Water Framework Directive and environmental reporting.  

1Regulation (EC)1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals