ProSUM – Prospecting Secondary raw materials from the Urban Mine and Mining waste


The ProSUM project will deliver the First Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform, a centralised database of all available data and information on arisings, stocks, flows and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), batteries and mining wastes. The availability of primary and secondary raw materials data, easily accessible in one platform, will provide the foundation for improving Europe’s position on raw material supply, with the ability to accommodate more wastes and resources in future. ProSUM will provide data for improving the management of these wastes and enhancing the resource efficiency of collection, treatment and recycling.

Every year in Europe, around 9 million tonnes of WEEE and 7-8M tonnes and ELVs are generated, and over 1 million tonnes batteries are sold. These products are a rich source of secondary critical raw materials (CRMs) in the urban mine. For example, 99% of world Gallium consumption is in integrated circuits and optoelctronic devices, 74% of Indium in flat panel displays and 27% of cobalt in rechargeable batteries. Previous and active mining deposits also contain untapped reserves of CRMs.

Until now, the data on CRMs has been produced by a variety of institutions including government agencies, universities, NGOs and industry and lies scattered in different databases, formats and reports which is difficult to compare or aggregate.

ProSUM, Latin for ‘I am useful’, will create an Information Network that allows partners in the network to provide and use data by the creation of an inventory of waste streams with a high potential to serve as a source of CRMs. This ground breaking project will produce the EU Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform (EU-UMKDP) providing user friendly, seamless access to data and intelligence on mineral resources from extraction to end of life products with the ability to reference all spatial and non-spatial data. The link to primary mineral resources is provided through the existing EU Minerals Knowledge Data Platform. The project will be addressed to a wide range of end-users, including the recycling industry, producers and producer compliance schemes, and policy makers.

All available data will be collated and screened to see if it allows for better characterisation of the material content of these waste and whether better data is required. This will lead to the identification of the need for additional standards and datasets and harmonised methodologies for characterising the CRM content of these waste streams.
The first activity of the Network will be to identify how data should be presented and organised for this wide range of stakeholders to ensure it meets their needs. Within the Information Network, Special Interest Groups are also being set up to support the particular data needs of different groups of stakeholders. Register your interest in joining the ProSUM Information Network by e-mailing james.horne@weee-forum.org 

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A consortium of 17 partners, representing research institutes, geological surveys and industry, with excellence in all the above domains is delivering this ambitious project:
WEEE Forum - Project Coordinator

Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières

C-Tech Innovation Limited

Centraal Bureau Voor De Statistiek

Czech Geological Survey

Chalmers University of Technology

EuroGeoSurveys - Scientific Coordinator

Empa - the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology


Geological Survey of Slovenia

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland


Geological Survey of Sweden

Technische Universität Berlin

Technische Universiteit Delft

United Nations University - Scientific Coordinator


The project is funded by the European Union (€3.051m) and the Swiss Government (€0.63m). The project will be delivered over three years, ending in December 2017.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641999.