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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.

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A systems approach for the monitoring of the physical economy

This report aims to address existing challenges by developing a methodological framework for the monitoring of the physical economy that facilitates the users in reflecting more systematically about the problems mentioned above and in developing more effective strategies for addressing them. The framework proposed is based on Material Flow Analysis (MFA), a tool widely used for tracking materials and energy in the economy.

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