EIT RawMaterials partner consortia will enable the creation of new European networks, innovation and entrepreneurial activity across the entire raw materials value chain. EIT RawMaterials will support the most promising and effective solutions, which will lead to an increase in resource efficiency, a reduction of environmental impacts and increased security of supply of materials that serve societal needs. This will strengthen the European industrial competitiveness and contribute to increased employment and growth.

Raw materials are critically important for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and for achieving the goals set out in COP21 and several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Metals, minerals and raw materials are essential to securing a transition to green energy technologies, to secure growth and sustainable consumption and to securing access to clean and efficient consumer technologies. The European Union is strongly committed to implementing the agreements which aim at the sustainable development of natural resources and the shift to a green economy. The examples of this and have been taken up in the EU’s Raw Materials Initiative.

Europe is currently highly dependent on importing raw materials in order to secure the global competitiveness of the European manufacturing industries as well as the transition to a resource efficient sustainable society. To meet this challenge, the vision of EIT RawMaterials is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. EIT RawMaterials will enable a Europe that bases its industrial strength on a cost-efficient, secure and sustainable supply and use of raw materials. In this vision, products, processes and solutions are tailored towards the closure of highly interconnected material cycles. These dynamic and fast-changing material cycles will attract new investments, enhance the innovation capacity for competitiveness and the interest of talented, skilled, entrepreneurial people. Society will become aware of the value of raw materials, and the sector will be perceived as innovative and attractive.

EIT RawMaterials has defined four impact areas that reflect strategic EU raw materials aims and focus on different perspectives. The impact areas are defined as follows: