Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 31 December 2019

Solutions and services to address resource depletion in sustainability assessments in the raw materials sector


  1. Develop a Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) method to address resource availability (‘depletion’) in sustainability assessment
  2. Develop a Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) dataset through case studies in collaboration with the industrial partners from the mining sector – to validate LCIA in the sustainable primary production sector with best quality data available
  3. Bring the service to a broader audience, including LCA community, mining companies and their downstream users, policy makers, academia.

The solution (technology)

The consortium will develop and validate a service, enabling stakeholders to integrate resource depletion in sustainability assessments, and thus assisting in the transition towards a more sustainable management of raw material extraction. The project will develop novel models for cause-and-effect chains enabling an accurate and accepted estimation of the impacts of resource depletion. To implement the methodology, appropriate LCI datasets are required, building on site-specific production data from existing mining operations. A transparent approach for the data collection, data quality assurance, and exploitation of a LCI database by a neutral and trustful body will be investigated.


  • Ghent University, Belgium (Lead Partner)
  • Boliden Mineral AB, Sweden
  • European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals (EUROMINES), Belgium
  • Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden

Please click here to learn about the Results of the Workshop, “Metal and Mineral Resources in LCIA: What’s the problem?”, which took place on 7-8 December, 2017 in Leiden, the Netherlands.

For more information, please visit the official website of the project.