Raw Materials Scoreboard
In 2008 the EU adopted the Raw Materials Initiative, the aim of which is to secure the supply of raw materials for Europe. The launch of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials in 2012 sent a signal that the EU considers the supply and use of raw materials a strategic innovation challenge. The EIP is a stakeholder platform that brings together a strong raw materials community with representatives from the industry value chains, public services, academia and NGOs. The overall objective of the EIP on Raw Materials is to contribute to the 2020 objectives of the EU's Industrial Policy — increasing the share of industry to 20 % of GDP — and the objectives of the flagship initiative 'Innovation Union'. The Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) is the EIP’s action plan which sets out the objectives, targets, actions, priority and action areas to be reached or implemented by 2020.
The first edition of the EU Raw Materials Scoreboard, as an initiative of the EIP, was prepared in collaboration by the Commission’s services: DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and DG Joint Research Centre. It provides an overview of challenges and opportunities along the entire raw materials value chain. It highlights the importance of raw materials to the EU economy and to jobs and growth in particular. For example, looking at the metals value chain the Scoreboard finds that more than 11 million jobs in sectors such as electronics manufacturing, automotive and machinery (equal to 40 % of the jobs and value added from the EU’s entire manufacturing sector) depend on the secure supply of raw materials.
The Scoreboard presents reliable information that can be used in policymaking in a variety of areas. It will be also used to monitor progress towards a circular economy, as it is stated in the recently adopted Circular Economy Action Plan1 COM(2015)614 final - COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy , where actions are planned for developing a stronger EU market for secondary raw materials, in order to boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs via the use of resources in a more sustainable way. The Raw Materials Scoreboard also complements the Resource Efficient Europe2 COM(2011)0571 final - COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe policy objectives and its Resource Efficiency Scoreboard.
The EU Raw Materials Scoreboard is an integral part of the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), a cornerstone of the EU’s knowledge base on raw materials. In this context, the involved indicators are permanent elements of RMIS on a long term, which are being regularly updated by the JRC.