Vast quantities of scarce metals are being lost each year from Europe's urban mine of vehicles, batteries, mobile phones and electronic gadgets. To address this problem, the European research project ProSUM has compiled a new database that charts the metals in order to facilitate recycling.
MinFuture: Global material flows and demand-supply forecasting for mineral strategies
Global demand for minerals is growing rapidly, driven by population growth, urbanisation and an increasingly diverse range of technical applications. Information on material flows and complex supply chains is fragmented, which makes it difficult to develop strategies for securing raw material supply. The EU funded project MinFuture enhances collaboration among key institutions that provide or use global resource data. It develops and tests a common methodology to measure global cycles of materials. MinFuture runs from December 2016 until November 2018.