Raw Materials

Main Impacts:

  • To strengthen the network of geological surveys around critical raw materials data and mineral resources sustainable management
  • To contribute to the Geological Service for Europe by providing services and knowledge to help secure the EU’s critical raw materials supplies
  • To increase sourcing of critical raw materials from primary and secondary sources in Europe, decreasing Europe's dependence on imports and intensifying the competitiveness of European power generation, energy storage and related transport technologies

European International Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Resource Management

The European International Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Resource Management (EU ICE SRM) will be a capacity building and knowledge centre supporting the United Nations Classification Framework (UNFC) and United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS), which will aim to fulfil the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) by integrating information on the availability of natural resources and building strong EU-level expertise on Critical Raw Materials (CRM) intelligence.

The EU ICE SRM will operate as a network of partners and experts with headquarters that facilitate and support the network and its activities, such as promotion and capacity building, including related methodological and technical activities, and relevant databases.

The main objectives of the EU ICE SRM are:

  • Establishing a common understanding of practical UNFC reporting of historic information and a system of continuous updating when new information become available
  • Expanding the usage of UNFC concepts from mineral raw materials to other domains such as energy (geothermal, solar, wind), water, extractive industry residues such as tailings, stockpiles, and waste rocks
  • Identification and inclusion of key actors to build a strong, reliable network
  • Developing and maintaining a European Network for UNFC experts on mineral resources of all commodities (e.g., metals, industrial minerals, construction raw materials) in terrestrial and marine environments from primary and secondary sources
  • Identifying and managing a network of experts for capacity building and expertise
  • Building a network of experts to support EC expertise in the field of resource management
  • Educating and training practitioners and stakeholders according to the UNFC model, specifically the collection, usage, and visualisation of data
  • Identifying and managing a network of partners to supply relevant data
  • Providing support to UNFC and UNRMS related data and information on technical (information technology) at expert level
  • Identifying why data gaps in the geographical coverage of Europe exist, and seeking to overcome those that lay within the responsibility of GSEU project partners
  • Capacity building and promotion to minimise gaps in the geographical coverage of Europe
  • Extending activities to countries neighbouring the EU


The main aim and focus of the trainings is to support critical raw material initiatives (CRM Act) to classify projects using UNFC and establish project inventories across Europe.

A program of systematic capacity building ensures that synergies are retained between the EU Member States and data on raw materials are collected consistently, and are of the required quality, across Europe. The development of UNFC capacity within the EU ICE SRM serves to facilitate and improve the handling and understanding in particular to: 

  • the further development of UNFC classified inventories across Europe that are consistent with the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) for mineral resources;
  • the comparability in national resource reporting, in particular the way resource quantities are classified according to UNFC and linked to different EU instruments, such as INSPIRE.

The EU ICE SRM is taking a step-by-step approach to increase the necessary capacity in all related areas, starting with CRM.

Trainings use the three level approach, from General principles for everyone in Level 1 training, through User need specifics for practitioners in Level 2 training, to Qualification for trainers at Level 3 training. Our first target group are experts who will be trained to become trainers. 

Level 1 – General principles (suitable for everyone)


  • Ensuring necessary UNFC background
  • Providing an overview on
    • Dataset requirements
    • Reporting standards
    • Driver needs and expectations in line with CRMA

Level 2 – User need specifics (suitable for practitioners, builds up on Level 1 training)


  • Using and developing bridging documents
  • Reporting in line with CRMA requirements
  • Case specific hands-on exercises
  • Exercise on using the UNFC templates

Level 3 – Qualification (suitable for trainers, builds up on Level 2 training)


  • Clearing up open issues
  • Handling data and issues on data coherently
  • UNFC data outputs in accordance with CRMA
  • Develop responses for Q&A
  • Hand-on exercise / presentations and discussions on trainees findings
  • Final exam for certificates

Please contact [email protected] for more information about the trainings.

Aug 25–31
August 25 – 31, 2024Busan, Republic of Korea


  • Report on methodology and guidance for EU-level data harmonisation with UNFC
  • EU ICE SRM organisational scheme, business (financial) plan, 5 year work plan with a register of partners and UNFC/UNRMS experts
  • European onshore primary CRM resources; resource evaluation at European scale, and regional scale for selected provinces; guidance and pilot tests for assessing mining waste potential
  • European offshore CRM resources; report on the types of deposits, EU and international regulations for minerals exploration/exploitation, metallogenic models and resource evaluation
  • Atlas of CRM resources in Europe, including pan-European maps of potential and favourability for on and offshore resources of energy-critical/high technology elements
Next event
Aug 25–31
August 25 – 31, 2024Busan, Republic of Korea
Dec 9–13
December 9 – 13, 2024Brussels