Prospecting Secondary Raw Materials in the Urban Mine and Mining Wastes (PROSUM)
Pascal Leroy1, Daniel Cassard2, Sarah Downes1, Jaco Huisman3, Susanne Rotter4, Patrick Wäger5
1WEEE Forum, Belgium; 2BRGM, Orléans Cedex 2, France; 3United Nations University, Bonn, Germany; 4Technische Universität Berlin, Department of Solid Waste Management, Germany; 5Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) St. Gallen, Switzerland
An adequate characterisation of the urban mine is a prerequisite to optimise the recovery of critical raw materials (CRM). However, existing data is scattered amongst a variety of institutions including government agencies, universities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and industry. In addition, where data relates to the composition of products and waste fractions, different sampling, sample preparation and chemical analysis approaches may have been used, which makes it challenging to aggregate and compare data. In the EU Horizon 2020 project “Prospecting Secondary raw materials from the Urban mine and Mining wastes” (ProSUM), a comprehensive, harmonised inventory of CRM stocks and flows will be constructed. The scope of the project, which is being carried out from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017 by a consortium of 17 partners representing research institutes, geological surveys, and industry, includes particularly relevant sources of secondary CRMs: electrical and electronic equipment, vehicles, batteries, and mine tailings. As an important part of the project, the ProSUM Information Network (IN) that includes potential data providers and users, has been established to facilitate the sharing of best practice and intelligence among stakeholders. Finally, one key product will be a user-friendly European Union Urban Mining Knowledge Data Platform (EU-UMKDP), which extends the data model developed in the EU FP7 Minerals4EU project. In 2017, the consortium will develop a business plan for the UMKDP, identifying customers and users, their problems, key metrics, cost structure, existing alternatives and so forth. In our contribution at the 2017 ERES conference, we will introduce the ProSUM approach, explain what stakeholder needs it responds to, what the UMKDP will seek to do, and discuss why it matters for the EU and the sector.