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Work packages

WP 1 - Project management

The objective of this WP is to ensure the sound and effective management of the MinFutures project; fostering collaboration between the partners; delivery of milestones and deliverables as agreed and on time; and, ultimately, the achievement of all MinFutures objectives.

WP 2 - Challenges, systems, and data

WP2 aims at identifying and addressing relevant data gaps and inconsistencies. Traditionally, MFAs are used to map material cycles and visualize them in Sankey diagrams. This is done by defining systems and quantifying them using a wide variety of data sources. One of the greatest challenges for conducting MFAs is the fact that the data used tend to be incomplete, highly fragmented, and non-transparent (meaning of the statistics used is unclear). MFA specialists usually address this challenge by using highly aggregated systems, crude approximations, and mass balances.

WP 3 - Assessment of demand-supply forecasting models

This work package investigates methods and approaches to analyze, evaluate, and design anthropogenic material systems with the focus on the temporal scale. Existing methods vary with respect to their field of application and problem solving capacity, data requirements, coverage of time, area, materials, and uncertainty, consideration of internal and external drivers, employability for forecasting as well as software support.

WP 4 - Pilot case on critical materials used in wind energy technology

The main objective of WP4 is to illustrate the use of the common methodology developed in MinFuture for a few key/critical materials (e.g., Neodymium) used in case low-carbon technologies (e.g., wind power and end of life vehicles). WP4 will highlight the key findings of WP2 and WP3 by empirical evidence and provide inputs for recommendations in WP5.

WP 5 - Development of ‘common methodology’ and roadmap to implementation

WP5 aims to develop a common systemic framework for global mineral raw materials flow analyses that could be agreed and used at international level. The applicability of this common framework will be tested at global, EU and business level through stakeholder workshops and feedback. Eventually, WP5 will produce suggestions for a roadmap for enhancing the robustness and relevance of dynamic material flow analyses for governments and businesses.

WP 6 - Stakeholder dialogue, communication and impact-oriented dissemination

Existing knowledge and networks as well as ongoing research provide a wealth of data, information and experience on the analysis of global raw material flows for better informed decision making. Tapping into and contributing to this wealth for knowledge integration is the central objective of Work package 6. WP6 aims to ensure that relevant stakeholders (such as raw material and material flow experts, public authorities and businesses/business associations) are continuously involved in project activities.