ProSUM - Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban mine and Mining wastes
January 2015 - ongoing
Prospecting critical raw materials from wastes First Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform providing access to data on mineral resources from extraction to end of life products with the ability to reference all spatial and non-spatial data.
The ProSUM project, funded by the European Union (€3.051m) and the Swiss Government (€0.63m), will deliver the First Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform, a centralised database of all available data and information on arisings, stocks, flows and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), batteries and mining wastes. The availability of primary and secondary raw materials data, easily accessible in one platform, will provide the foundation for improving Europe’s position on raw material supply, with the ability to accommodate more wastes and resources in future. ProSUM will provide data for improving the management of these wastes and enhancing the resource efficiency of collection, treatment and recycling.
Every year in Europe, around 9 million tonnes of WEEE and 7-8M tonnes and ELVs are generated, and over 1 million tonnes batteries are sold. These products are a rich source of secondary critical raw materials (CRMs) in the urban mine. For example, 99% of world Gallium consumption is in integrated circuits and optoelctronic devices, 74% of Indium in flat panel displays and 27% of cobalt in rechargeable batteries. Previous and active mining deposits also contain untapped reserves of CRMs.
Until now, the data on CRMs has been produced by a variety of institutions including government agencies, universities, NGOs and industry and lies scattered in different databases, formats and reports which is difficult to compare or aggregate.
ProSUM, Latin for ‘I am useful’, and standing for Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban mine and Mining waste, will create an Information Network that allows partners in the network to provide and use data by the creation of an inventory of waste streams with a high potential to serve as a source of CRMs. This ground breaking project will produce the EU Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform (EU-UMKDP) providing user friendly, seamless access to data and intelligence on mineral resources from extraction to end of life products with the ability to reference all spatial and non-spatial data. The link to primary mineral resources is provided through the existing EU Minerals Knowledge Data Platform. The project will be addressed to a wide range of end-users, including the recycling industry, producers and producer compliance schemes, and policy makers.
All available data will be collated and screened to see if it allows for better characterisation of the material content of these waste and whether better data is required. This will lead to the identification of the need for additional standards and datasets and harmonised methodologies for characterising the CRM content of these waste streams.
Pascal Leroy, Secretary General at the WEEE Forum stated “For the first time, it will be possible to access harmonised data on the critical raw materials arising in WEEE, ELVs and batteries. I see this data being of benefit not only to WEEE Producer Compliance Schemes but also to the recycling industry, producers and policy makers alike”.
The first activity of the Network was to identify how data should be presented and organised for this wide range of stakeholders to ensure it meets their needs. Within the Information Network, Special Interest Groups were set up to support the particular data needs of different groups of stakeholders.
Commenting on the need to engage End Users, Jaco Huisman, Scientific Adviser at the United Nations University stressed “it is vitally important to the success of the project that we produce data which the different actors from within industry and across policy makers find useful. We are undertaking this work to help them improve the recycling rates of a greater number of materials from these wastes”.
More than one year after the kick-off of the Project we cordially invite you to the second ProSUM Information Network event to hear about and share your views on the project’s outputs so far:
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The project is funded by the European Union (€3.051m) and the Swiss Government (€0.63m). The project will be delivered over three years, ending in December 2017.
This project hast received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under granz agreement No 641999
Further information regarding ProSUM can be found here 
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