Towards a harmonised inventory for European mineral resources

Kari Aslaksen Aasly, Mark U. Simoni, Pasi Eilu, Lisbeth Flindt Jørgensen

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Session 13.1-2 - European Raw Materials:
With the global increase in raw material demand there is a need for harmonized supporting tools for sustainable resource management in Europe. Europe needs to assess their resource potential, but the European countries do not have a common tool to aggregate information for continent-wide resource inventories. The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) is a system that may be used for this purpose.
One of the specific tasks in the MINTELL4EU project under the GeoERA programme has been to test if the European geological surveys will be able to use UNFC as a tool to evaluate a country’s known and potential resources across variable levels of knowledge. The project has also tested if the application of UNFC can provide better harmonization of mineral resource data nationally and across Europe.
To gain experience on UNFC, the work in MINTELL4EU has been based on case studies. Based on the knowledge and lessons learned from the case studies, guidelines and recommendations for further work will be given. The project shows that there are different levels of experience in UNFC among the European geological surveys, and the approach and methods on UNFC varies between the countries. It is clear that there is a need for a more harmonized system and that stricter guidelines on how to do UNFC are required.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2021
EventGeoKarlsruhe 2021: Sustainable Earth - from processes to resources - Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 19 Sep 202124 Sep 2021


ConferenceGeoKarlsruhe 2021
Abbreviated titleDGGV Annual Meeting
Internet address


  • UNFC
  • Raw Materials
  • Europe

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 4: Mineral Resources


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