The brief presents key discussion items and main findings from the June 2017 Workshop in Vienna. In order to tackle challenges such as insufficient information flows or lacking data availability, a (more) systemic understanding of global mineral raw material flows is needed. Mapping the system context and making data/information gaps explicit will help identifying possible improvements.
In the MinFuture project we aim to integrate four core dimensions, (1) Stages (2) Trade (3) Linkages (4) Time.
(1) Stages: Materials go through several stages through their lifetime. From extraction to manufacturing use, end-of life and potentially recycling. This dimension applies to all non-energy raw materials and by integrating all of these steps of processing we can establish comprehensive material cycles.
(2) Trade: The EU, along with other developed countries, depends on the supply of raw materials from international markets. Understanding and visualising the global nature of raw materials value chains to ensure a sustainable supply of primary and secondary raw materials for the EU, requires a good understanding of how the EU material cycles are linked to other regions/countries by international trade. The international trade market provides the boundary conditions for global resource flows, and includes country-to-country trade relationships of minerals and goods.