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World class deposits are usually the largest in its class, containing high ore grade, with a prediction of long life production resulting in a lasting impact on the industry usually under low production cost.

How often do we find world-class deposits? Between two and four world-class deposits are found each year in the world. Europe overall hosts only several dozens of world-class deposits, whereas most of the European deposits are small or intermediate in term of their size and annual revenue. Importantly, the total number of the deposits and geological occurrences increase exponentially with a decrease in their size.

Under the 2019 topic Small mining sites – Innovation in mining DIM ESEE project partners will discuss future and innovation potential for small and intermediate size deposits, currently representing the vast majority of the European and the ESEE mining industry:

The future of EU mining sector

  • What is the future of the European Raw Materials sector?
  • What is the future of Industrial Minerals?
  • What is the future of the European Copper Industry?

Innovation in mining

  • How do we integrate innovation in education?
  • Can we excavate in flooded mines?
  • What are the uses of geoinformation system, drones and 3D models in mining?

EU legislation and urban mining

  • What is the current state of mineral policy in EU28?
  • Can we excavate without a blasting vibration?
  • How can we predict and avoid surface subsidence?

Exploitation: innovation & optimization

  • Best cases of innovation and optimization implemented by companies within the ESEE region.

Focus on the Cement industry

  • How can European lime industry become competitive and efficient?
  • How can we reduce CO2 emission from the lime industry?