Solutions for CRitical Raw materials - a European Expert Network (SCRREEN)

Since the publication of the first list of Critical Raw Materials (CRM) in 2010 by the Ad-hoc Working Group on CRM, numerous European projects have addressed (part of) the CRMs value and several initiatives have contributed to gather (part of) the related community into clusters and associations. This led to the production of important knowledge, unfortunately disseminated. Numerous databases have also been developed, sometimes as duplicates.
For the first time in the history, SCRREEN aims at gathering European initiatives, associations, clusters, and projects working on CRMs into along lasting Expert Network on Critical Raw Materials, including the stakeholders, public authorities and civil society representatives.
SCRREEN will contribute to improve the CRM strategy in Europe by (i) mapping primary and secondary resources as well as substitutes of CRMs, (ii) estimating the expected demand of various CRMs in the future and identifying major trends, (iii) providing policy and technology recommendations for actions improving the production and the potential substitution of CRM, (iv) addressing specifically WEEE and other EOL products issues related to their mapping and treatment standardization and (vi) identifying the knowledge gained over the last years and easing the access to these data beyond the project.
The project consortium also acknowledges the challenges posed by the disruptions required to devlop new CRM strategies, which is why stakeholder dialogue is at the core of SCRREEN: policy, society, R&D and industrial decision-makers are involved to facilitate strategic knowledge-based decisions making to be carried out by these groups. A specific attention will also be brought on informing the general public on our strong dependence on imported raw materials, on the need to replace rare materials with substitutes and on the need to set up innovative and clean actions for exploration, extraction, processing and recycling.

Partner organizations

  • British Geological Survey (BGS) (Research Institute, United Kingdom)
  • Leiden University (Academic, Netherlands)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur (Private, Germany)
  • Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM) (Public, France)
  • Idener (Research Institute, Spain)
  • Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) (Public, Sweden)
  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) (Research Institute, Finland)
  • LGI Consulting (Private, France)
  • ENCO Engineering & Consulting (Private, Italy)
  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (Academic, Greece)
  • AFNOR Group (Private, France)
  • Amphos 21 Consulting (Private, Spain)
  • Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission (Public, Belgium)
  • Swerea (Private, Sweden)
  • Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Research Institute, Germany)
  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) (Public, Denmark)
  • Tecnalia (Research Institute, Spain)
  • Delft University of Technology (Academic, Netherlands)
  • Ecodom (Private, Italy)
  • PNO Consultants (Private, Belgium)
  • Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) (Private, Italy)
  • Innovate UK (Public, United Kingdom)
  • Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych (Research Institute, Poland)
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia (Research Institute, Slovenia)
  • United Nations University (Academic, Japan)
  • The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) (Research Institute, France)
  • MinPol (Private, Austria)
  • Universidad de Burgos (Academic, Spain)
  • Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) (Private, Finland)
Start date 01/11/2016
End date The project is closed: 30/04/2019

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