ProSUM to deliver data platform on WEEE, ELVs, batteries and mining wastes

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Daten-Netzwerk (Foto: ©Tim-Reckmann- /http://www.pixelio.de)

Bruussels — The ProSUM project, funded by the European Union (€ 3.051m) and the Swiss Government (€ 0.63m), will deliver the first Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform, a centralised database of all available data and information on arisings, stocks, flows and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), batteries and mining wastes. The project is launching an Information Network to allow partners to share data and identify their end user requirements for Platform.

The availability of primary and secondary raw materials data, easily accessible in one platform, will provide the foundation for improving Europe’s position on raw material supply, with the ability to accommodate more wastes and resources in future. ProSUM will provide data for improving the management of these wastes and enhancing the resource efficiency of collection, treatment and recycling.

Sources of secondary critical raw materials

Every year in Europe, around 9 million tonnes of WEEE and 7-8 million tonnes and ELVs are generated, and over 1 million ton of batteries is sold. These products are a rich source of secondary critical raw materials (CRMs) in the urban mine. For example, 99 percent of world Gallium consumption is in integrated circuits and optoelctronic devices, 74percent of Indium in flat panel displays and 27 percent of cobalt in rechargeable batteries. Previous and active mining deposits also contain untapped reserves of CRMs.

Until now, the data on CRMs has been produced by a variety of institutions including government agencies, universities, NGOs and industry and lies scattered in different databases, formats and reports which is difficult to compare or aggregate.

Information Network to be created

ProSUM, Latin for ‘I am useful’, and standing for Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban mine and Mining waste, will create an Information Network that allows partners in the network to provide and use data by the creation of an inventory of waste streams with a high potential to serve as a source of CRMs. This ground breaking project will produce the EU Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform (EU-UMKDP) providing user friendly, seamless access to data and intelligence on mineral resources from extraction to end of life products with the ability to reference all spatial and non-spatial data. The link to primary mineral resources is provided through the existing EU Minerals Knowledge Data Platform. The project will be addressed to a wide range of end-users, including the recycling industry, producers and producer compliance schemes, and policy makers.

Better characterisation of the material

All available data will be collated and screened to see if it allows for better characterisation of the material content of these waste and whether better data is required. This will lead to the identification of the need for additional standards and datasets and harmonised methodologies for characterising the CRM content of these waste streams.

The first activity of the Network will be to identify how data should be presented and organised for this wide range of stakeholders to ensure it meets their needs. Within the Information Network, Special Interest Groups are also being set up to support the particular data needs of different groups of stakeholders.

Organisations wishing to hear more about the project and to join the ProSUM Information Network are being invited to attend the launch event and register at eventbrite.co.uk.

Source: Community Research and Development Information Center (CORDIS)