Optimising quality of information in RAw MAterials data collection across Europe

The ProSUM project succeeded in harmonising raw materials data sets and in constructing the Urban Mine Platform. However, there are still major differences in structuring, reporting and representing primary and secondary raw materials data across the member states of the EU. ORAMA (Optimising quality of information in RAw MAterials data collection across Europe) seeks to take the results of ProSUM to the next level, allowing the producer responsibility organisations in the WEEE Forum to better compare collection data across Europe.

The two-year ORAMA project started on 1 December 2017. The project supports the further development of the Joint Research Centre's (JRC's) Raw Materials Information System (RMIS).

The ORAMA project is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Of the 16 Partners based in 14 Member States, half are geological surveys and half comprise universities and research institutes specialising in secondary raw materials.

ORAMA seeks solutions to the harmonisation of statistics between primary production and flows of secondary metals.

ORAMA 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 RMIS. 

This public service will show which metallic raw materials are produced in different parts of the EU, in which quantities and how much is imported to the EU. The data are significant, because a common database could be used, for example, to identify alternative sources of different metals in case of disturbances in international trade.

ORAMA also seeks solutions to the harmonisation of statistics between primary production and flows of secondary metals. Although the importance of recycling continues to grow, it can never fully substitute for primary raw material extraction 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.