The JRC Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) provides a structured repository of knowledge on non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials from primary and secondary sources (energy-related raw materials are covered under the JRC SETIS website). Knowledge needs relates to both high-quality data and information. The overarching aim of the RMIS is to help strengthening the competitiveness and visibility of the EU raw materials sector, while promoting green and sustainable growth.
The RMIS includes an introduction of the raw materials’ context (with reference to key EU policy documents), a presentation of most relevant ongoing activities related to raw materials at EU-level, as well as links to other relevant initiatives at international level.
In addition to satisfying knowledge needs in the area of raw materials within the European Commission, the RMIS is targeted at providing easy-to-access information to a wide range of stakeholders including the extractive industry, manufacturers and material scientists, academia and education, as well as economists and decision makers. This will help to communicate knowledge on raw materials to a larger audience.
The need for a European Raw Materials Knowledge Base (EURMKB) is highlighted in Action area no. II.8 of the 2013 Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) for the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. The EIP-SIP is composed of a comprehensive set of Research and Innovation actions under three pillars: technology, non-technology and international cooperation. In addition to the work initiated by DG GROWTH under the framework of EURMKB and responding to a specific action mentioned by the Circular Economy Communication of the European Commission (EC), DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) is working in collaboration with DG GROWTH to advance and continuously update its Raw Materials Information System.
The RMIS supports the EU Raw Material Initiative (RMI). This states that “Raw materials are essential for the sustainable functioning of modern societies. Access to and affordability of mineral raw materials are crucial for the sound functioning of the EU’s economy […]. Sectors such as construction, chemicals, automotive, aerospace, machinery and equipment sectors which provide a total value added of € 1 324 billion and employment for some 30 million people […] all depend on access to raw materials […]. Securing reliable and undistorted access to raw materials is increasingly becoming an important factor for the EU’s competitiveness […]. The critical dependence of the EU on certain raw materials underlines that a shift towards a more resource efficient economy and sustainable development is becoming even more pressing”. Securing undistorted access to raw materials – and, in particular, Critical Raw Materials (CRM) – is thus also crucial to stimulate investment in innovation and new technologies for a European Industrial Renaissance.