Context and Scope
Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis (MICA) is an EU-Horizon 2020 research and innovation program-funded project which began in December 2015 and will end in January 2018. The objective of the project is to further develop a more harmonized and coherent raw materials knowledge infrastructure at EU level through a newly designed web-based platform. The project contributes to other on-going efforts in establishing EU-level raw materials knowledge infrastructure such as ProMine, EURare, Minventory, EuroGeoSource, Minerals4EU, ProSum, I2Mine, INTRAW, MINATURA2020.
The MICA Project is coordinated by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). The consortium includes several Geological Surveys (GEUS, BGS, BRGM, BGR, GTK, GeoZS), Research Institutions (F-ISI & JRC), Universities (UL-CML, UJF-LIG, NTNU, UCL ISR), Professional Associations (EFG, EGS) and two SMEs (MinPol, LPRC).
In order to achieve the objective of the project, surveys on stakeholders will be conducted to identify their needs and expectations from the raw materials knowledge platform. The data related to raw materials will be collected from existing sources, for example EURare and ProSUM. The specific need or expectation from the stakeholders will be answered through analysis on related policy, regulations, etc. and by utilizing the most appropriate method(s) and tool(s) (i.e. statistics, Material Flow Analysis).
The expected output of MICA project is a knowledge platform called “The European Raw Materials Intelligence Capacity Platform (EU-RMICP)”, which is expected to provide knowledge on various topics related to raw materials’ supply, demand, deposits, recycling and economic aspects. The platform is meant to address interests of various stakeholders and users in raw materials sector in a specific context, for example policy, economics, primary production, recycling, wastes. The answer to a specific question regarding raw materials will be presented in fact & flow sheets.