Robust strategies for sustainable resource management depend on a solid understanding of the physical economy – the anthropogenic stocks and flows of matter and energy.
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.