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Minerals Policy                         References

Günter Tiess

Development: MINRIS APP

MINRIS App is being developed as a mobile software application to meet the research and analysis needs of various stakeholders of the mineral commodity industry such as Mining companies, commodity traders, Government and Private research Organisations, Investors with ease of access and usability.

- Roughly 1000 European stakeholders (known via Minpol Network) have been collected.

- Collected stakeholders from Asia Pacific Region

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CHPM2030 (Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction from ultra-deep ore bodies) Start January 2016 CHPM2030
The CHPM Self-Assessment Tool (CHPM_Self_Assessment_Tool.vmf) and the CHPM-default scenario (CHPM-default.vdf) based on System Dynamics were developed for the CHPM2030 project. The tool can be opened and your own CHPM scenarios can be simulated in the free Vensim Model Reader Software.

SCRREEN Establish an EU Expert Network that covers the whole value chain for present and future critical raw materials. It will build on existing structures and initiatives, as well as international collaborations, and will aim at clustering related EU projects and initiatives. This network will be set up as a permanent forum for policy-makers, industry and society who are interested or are involved in raw materials. It will encourage permanent dialogue between stakeholders and support strategy and policy development, and decision-making. Start November 2016.

Minland: the project has been designed to meet the challenges of competing land use from many different needs. Therefore, securing access to land for exploration and extraction of minerals, including critical raw materials in an integrated optimized process is of great importance. Start December 2017

The BIOMOre project mainly aims at extracting metals in an economically and ecologically optimized way from deep mineralized zones. Start February 2015. BIOMORE

Mireu The MIREU project aims to establish a network of mining and metallurgy regions across Europe with a view to ensure the sustained and sustainable supply of mineral raw materials to the EU. The network will help the regions to share knowledge and experiences when facing the challenge to establish and maintain an extractive industry. Start December 2017.

MinFuture 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

SLIM (Sustainable Low Impact Mining) The main economic, technological and environmental challenges of small mining include reducing high investment costs, reducing generation of waste and large tailings, identifying and addressing environmental impacts, and improving flexibility, automation and safety of operations. However, at the moment, there is no quick-fix available to reduce the environmental impact from mines, and it is neither realistic to expect production solutions very distant from today’s technologies. Considering that the present mining technology is based on rock blasting and mobile mining equipment for loading and transportation, the major challenge is to generate a new sustainable systemic solution that affects positively the relevant mining value chain.

SLIM aims to develop a cost-effective and sustainable selective low impact mining solution based on non-linear rock mass fragmentation by blasting models, airborne particulate matter, vibration affections and nitrate leaching mitigation actions for exploitation of small mineral deposits (including those with chemically complex ore-forming phases) through a new generation of explosives and an advanced automatic blast design software based on improved rock mass characterisation and fragmentation models for optimum fragmentation and minimum rock damage and far-field vibrations. Start November 2016. SLIM

FORAM The project Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials will develop and set up an EU-based platform of international experts and stakeholders that will advance the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials and enhance the international cooperation on raw material policies and investments. FORAM

INTMET (Integrated innovative metallurgical system to benefit efficiently polymetallic, complex and low grade ores and concentrates) Start February 2016 INTMET

Study - Legal framework for mineral extraction and permitting procedures for exploration and exploitation in the EU (The purpose of this study is to identify and to describe the legal framework governing the mineral extraction (non-energy extractive industries) in the EU 28 Member States: principal legislation governing mineral extraction at national, regional and local levels, EU legislation impacting the permitting procedures for exploration and exploitation.) Start January 2016 MINLEX

MICA (Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis) Start December 2015 MICA

INTRAW (International cooperation on Raw materials) Start February 2015, INTRAW

MINATURA 2020 (Developing a concept for a European minerals deposit framework), Start February 2015, MINATURA2020

Comparative Environmental Tax Study in selected Countries (2014) for the World Energy Council-Estonia oil shale commitee

"Comparative analysis of EU mining Royalities/mining fees" and "Best practices of fundamental research organisation and funding in the EU"
for the Estonian Mining Industry Association (2013)

EU-Project: EXTRACT-IT -" Defining FET research topics supporting the ICT challenges of mineral extraction under extreme geo-environmental conditions " (2012)

SNAP-SEE ( Sustainable Aggregates Planning in South East Europe ) 2012 - 2014 Snap-See

Development of a Bulgarian Mining Industry Strategy , commissioned by the Bulgarian Chamber of Mines and Geology (2011).

EU-Project: "Sustainable Aggregates Resource Management in South East Europe". (Sustainable mining practices related to aggregates industry in South East Europe [2009 - 2011] SARMa)

Report on Planning Policies and Permitting Procedures to Ensure the Sustainable Supply of Aggregates in Europe, commissioned by UEPG (2010)

Aggregates planning policy project: Austria - France [ANTAG] . Cooperation with École des mines de Paris: "Long term anticipating the access to the aggregate resource by breaking form present practice"(2007 - 2010). The target of ANTAG was to create and use a model representing the national market of aggregates in order to simulate longer term effects (costs, environmental and societal impacts) of supply decisions (production restructuring, intensified recycling, import), of political decisions (additional reduction of exploitable areas, taxation of environmental and societal impacts) and developments decisions (infrastructure).

Study on Minerals Planning Policies and Supply Practices in Europe (2004) coordinated by University of Leoben. Extended summary, Full study


2011: General and International Mineral Policy, Focus Europe ( Review by Professor Dr. Subir Kumar Mukhopadhyay)

2011: Legal Basics of Mineral Policy in Europe ( Review by Professor Dr. Subir Kumar Mukhopadhyay )

2009: Rohstoffpolitik in Europa

2009: Rechtsgrundlagen der Rohstoffpolitik - Ausgewählte Länder Europas

Tiess, G., Tiewsoh,L.S.: EU - Minerals Policy and Indian Minerals Policy: New Paradigm and Perspectives, 17th Convention of Indian Geological Congress and International Conference on 'New Paradigms of Exploration and Sustainable Mineral Development, Dhanbad, India 2011

Tiess, G., Kriz, A.: Aggregates Resources Policies in EuropeAggregates Resources Policies in Europe, Development of IT solutions for the Enhancement of Planning and Permitting Procedures in: International Journal of Environmental Protection, 2011

Tiess, G., Mujiyanto, S.: Mineral Resources Policies and Governance in Indonesia, SDMI Aachen 2011

Tiess, G., Minerals policy in Europe: Some recent developments, in Resources Policy 2010

Tiess, G., Mineral facts, aggregates - Focus Europe - in: Mineral Commodity Summaries of the Czech Republic, 2010

Tiess, G., Allaraj, M., The first EU-aggregates project. in: (Gornyi Zhurnal, russian journal)2010

Tiess, G.: Need of coherent minerals policy in Europe - present discussion and approaches - in: Minería y geología (Revista Minería y geología) (2008), Moa [Cuba]

Wagner, H., Tiess, G.: Minerals Planning Policies and Supply Practices in Europe. - in: Proc. 21st World Mining Congress. (2008), S. 1 - 30, Krakau