European mineral intelligence – collecting, harmonizing and sharing data on European raw materials

Lisbeth Flindt Jørgensen, Antje Wittenberg, Eimear Deady, Špela Kumelj, Jørgen Tulstrup

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The major share of raw materials needed to sustain our present lifestyle and even more importantly, required for the crucial green transition, are sourced outside Europe. The European Commission aims to enhance Europe's resilience and strengthen domestic sourcing. Although Europe has a long tradition of mining and extractive activities, it is acknowledged that there are several challenges to achieve European sourcing of certain raw materials such as the critical raw materials. A basic prerequisite to enable access to domestic raw materials is information on raw material occurrences, current and past mining activities, resources and reserves. The Geological Survey organizations (GSOs) of Europe play a key role in generating, compiling, gathering and storing the most up-to-date information as well as long-term data series on raw materials at national and regional levels. Over the last decade, the GSOs have joined forces and taken essential steps to harmonize and share data on raw materials. The results of this co-operation are illustrated as interactive maps on the European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI). This paper describes the data compiled in co-operation between the GSOs, and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of, as well as opportunities for and threats towards, the data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe green stone age
Subtitle of host publicationExploration and exploitation of minerals for green technologies
EditorsM. Smelror, K. Hanghøj, H. Schiellerup
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGeological Society of London
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-1-78620-573-5
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2023

Publication series

SeriesGeological Society, London, Special Publication

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 4: Mineral Resources


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