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Wind energy technology is essential for Europe’s transition towards a clean, secure and competitive economy. Wind energy technology requires several critical materials and the supply risk and recycling possibility may represent barriers to Europe’s widespread deployment of wind energy technology.


Interoperable data and a harmonized common methodology are needed to understand the flows and uses of selected critical materials used in wind energy technology through all relevant stages (from mining to processing to use to waste management). However, data gaps within these stages are not explicitly identified and a demand-supply forecasting approach suitable for selected critical materials used in wind energy technology has not been tested out yet.

Please note: The following text is taken from the existing MinFuture reports "Report on pilot studies" and "A systems approach for the monitoring of the physical economy". Please click on the afore-mentioned links to access and read the full publications.


  • A refined system will be designed to identify and address the data gaps and inconsistencies of selected critical materials in wind energy technology within all relevant stages.
  • A bottom-up and stock-driven approach will be developed to generate projections/scenarios on future flows and uses of selected critical materials used in wind energy technology.

Drawing implications from case studies on selected critical materials used in wind energy technology can bring together stakeholders relevant to wind energy technology, promote the use of the MinFuture framework, and benefit industries, governments, and scientific communities.


This workshop is part of an EU Horizon 2020 project MinFuture (Global material flows and demand-supply forecasting for mineral strategies; see details in the flyer attached or the project website:


The MinFuture workshop synthesis brief describes the main insights from discussions on:

  • How can we add more relevance and credibility to data published on raw materials? What context is missing that might enhance their status? How could we present data using a systemic MFA? perspective
  • How do raw material data reporting schemes (information flows) currently operate at national, regional and global level?
  • What raw material indicators are often used to identify issues with raw material supply/ demand? What are their strengths and weaknesses and how do they relate to material flow analysis?
Group photo of the participants of the 2nd MinFuture workshop

The purpose of this workshop was to initiate a dialogue with key stakeholders that report raw materials data, use data to develop MFA models, or use MFA models to inform decision making. The knowledge and needs of data providers, users and decision actors are different, but in order for a ‘common approach’ to be developed their input is required.


Leaders and other change agents from government, business, research and NGOs will talk about how to accelerate the Resource Revolution. The World Resource Forum (WRF) 2017 is open to key stakeholders and offers first-hand information about emerging issues, global trends, progress and innovation in resources and raw materials management.


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