Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021


To date, there is no reliable information service that maps the flows and stocks of materials yet – information that should be the basis of any type of materials management. By improving this sector, competitiveness in Europe will be enhanced overall, with a underlined focus on sustainability.

The solution (technology)

This project proposes to create such a service, well aligned with the EU DG JRC’s Raw Materials Information Service (RMIS). It will utilize the experience gathered in a large number of underlying EU funded projects. This will link information about materials to standard economic accounting, which in turn helps authorities, investors, and firms to assess how sound materials management will support economic performance and jobs. It will help industrial firms and associations to understand supply chain vulnerabilities, as well as further understanding of the ‘urban mine’ – what volumes of secondary materials are where, and what this means for an optimal economy of scale for their exploitation.


  • Leiden University, Netherlands (Lead Partner)
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, BRGM (The French geological survey), France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS, Denmark
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), Netherlands
  • United Nations University, Germany
  • Université de Bordeaux, France