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MinFuture pursues three main objectives: (1) to develop a common methodology that creates transparency about the data and approaches used in models for global cycles of materials; (2) to strengthen international collaboration by integrating the networks, expertise and outreach of different governmental and intergovernmental agencies, business areas, and research disciplines; and (3) to create a methodological discourse and stimulate the broad adoption of a ‘roadmap’ towards harmonization among key institutions that are either providing or using data to analyse global resource stocks and flows.


Objective 1 – Common methodology, including barriers and gateways

MinFuture aims to streamline existing approaches for analysing global material flows in four dimensions (stages, trade, linkages, and time), in order

  • To identify inconsistencies in terminology (different disciplines, institutions) and address them though a glossary
  • To identify critical data disparities and harmonization needs across the four dimensions
  • To analyze critical data gaps (e.g. confidentiality issues) and approaches to overcome them
  • To survey tools for mass-balance consistent short-and long-term forecasting of demand and supply
  • To review tools for visualizing the different dimensions of global material cycles
  • To develop a web platform for outreach and dissemination


Objective 2 – Collaboration across boarders

MinFuture aims to involve partners in government, industry, and research institutions across disciplines and world regions in a shared effort to implement a common methodology, in order

  • To improve methodologies by engaging and co-learning with government and industry decision makers at the EU and international levels
  • To excite interests among researchers, authorities, and industry with a pilot study for CRMs used in a low-carbon technology
  • To raise awareness and stimulate collaboration among authorities and businesses by demonstrating how they can use this methodology for informed strategic decisions
  • To involve key international data providers in the development of a web platform that allows users to easily locate and access relevant data


Objective 3 – Roadmap recommendations

MinFuture aims to facilitate a consensus among key stakeholders about priority areas to be addressed, to maximise the methodology’s benefit and impact, in order

  • To stimulate the broad adoption of the common methodology by providing scientific support to key stakeholders
  • To identify and exploit synergy potentials between countries, institutions, and other (non-minerals) research communities
  • To reach a consensus about key barriers and gaps and make recommendations how to adequately address them to maximize the benefit for government and industry
  • To pave the way for new EU-international collaborations (e.g., by consulting and support through MinFuture partners) to help the EU secure future raw materials supply.