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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.

MinFuture Workshop "Methodology Development"

Aimed at developing a common framework to analyse global mineral raw material flows, which can be agreed and used at international level, the MinFuture project intends to support data collectors, providers and users. Improving knowledge and quality of data on material cycles was found to be essential, but is faced with challenges such as interrupted information flows or lacking data availability. The first MinFuture Workshop (‘Methodology workshop’) served to discuss how MinFuture could support key data providers and users.

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