Metals, minerals and advanced materials are the key enablers for a globally competitive, green, and digital Europe
On 29 September, the European Commission, represented by Vice President Šefčovič and Commissioner Breton with the presence of other EU Institutions, national Ministers, industry, unions and civil society organisations as well as key industry stakeholders launched the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA). Bernd Schäfer, CEO of EIT RawMaterials, was present at the launch.
Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, said: “The European Alliance on Raw Materials will mobilise industrial and innovation actors, Member States, regions, the EIB, investors and civil society – to help build our capacities and investment cases along the entire value chain, from extraction to processing and recycling.”
Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, said: “The Alliance will accelerate the green and digital transition by reinforcing value chains, diversifying supplies and involving all willing partners in implementing the necessary actions.”
Bernd Schäfer, CEO of EIT RawMaterials, said: “With the European Raw Materials Alliance, we have a true European answer based on the knowledge and expertise of more than 150 stakeholders. Together we can turn Europe’s raw material dependency into a major strategic strength for our continent, while continually applying the highest environmental and social standards.”
Ensuring a reliable, secure and sustainable access to raw materials
The European Raw Materials Alliance’s vision is to secure sustainable access to critical and strategic raw materials, advanced materials, and processing know-how for the EU industrial ecosystems.
By 2030, ERMA’s activities will increase the production of raw and advanced materials and address Circular Economy by boosting the recovery and recycling of Critical Raw Materials. More specifically, the alliance has four interconnected goals; it will:
- Bolster the creation of environmentally sustainable and socially equitable innovations and infrastructure
- Implement a Circular Economy of complex products like electric vehicles, cleantech, and hydrogen equipment
- Support Europe’s raw materials industry capability, to extract, design, manufacture and recycle materials
- Promote innovation, strategic investment, and industrial production across specific value chains
In the last few months, the European Raw Materials Alliance received strong endorsement and support from over 150 stakeholders from industry, associations, European governments across multiple industrial sectors and value chains. The alliance is open, inclusive and transparent, and we invite all partners and interested stakeholders to register on the newly launched ERMA website through electronic declaration.
EIT RawMaterials will manage the European Raw Materials Alliance
Europe is on its pathway towards a sustainable future, and EIT RawMaterials is committed to contributing to the achievement of the objectives set by the Green Deal as raw materials are indispensable drivers for the transformation from the brown to the green economy.
Bernd Schäfer, CEO of EIT RawMaterials, said: “We are honored to manage the European Raw Materials Alliance, which will drive diversification of sustainable supply and help make better use of the resources available within the EU.”