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Information on the European metal resources and flows is to be found in a single source.

Information on the resources and production volumes of mineral raw materials needs to be easily accessible from a single source for everyone who needs such data. This solid knowledge-base will support decision making within the industry, for example, in attempts to increase the self sufficiency of the European metal refining and manufacturing industry. The data can also be utilised in research and education.

The 2-year ORAMA project (Optimising quality of information in RAw MAterials data collection across Europe) started in December 2017. The project supports the further development of the system containing this information. The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission´s science and knowledge service, is responsible for Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), which is planned to fulfil the mentioned criteria in the future.

The ORAMA project is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and has a total budget of EUR 1.73 million EUR. Of the 16 Partners that are from 14 countries, half are geological surveys and the other half comprises universities and research institutes specialised in recycled raw materials.

The ORAMA project will identify the best practices in collecting information on raw materials. Data providers are targeted for training to secure wider uses of these practices. The objective is to create a system to transfer information stored at national level to the EU common information system. This public service will show what metallic raw materials are produced in the EU – how much and where – and how much are imported to the EU. The data are significant, because a common data bank could be used, for example, to identify alternative sources of different metals in case of disturbances in international trade.

The ORAMA project also seeks solutions to the harmonisation of statistics between primary production and recycling flows of metals. Although the importance of recycling continues to grow, it can never fully substitute the primary production from mines. If the data on recycled secondary raw materials were better comparable with that of primary raw materials, this would, among other factors, facilitate identification of business opportunities related to recycling.