SUMEX is a 36-months project funded by the European Commission that has started on 1 November 2020. The project supports the set-up of a European sustainability framework to improve the permitting procedure along the extractive value chain (prospecting, exploration, extraction, processing, closure, post closure activities), to guarantee timely decisions, a transparent governmental regulatory regime, appealing financial and administrative conditions and sustainable natural environmental and social conditions. The main mission of SUMEX is to assist policymakers and other stakeholders in seizing this opportunity.
In order to foster more, but sustainable mineral production in the EU, SUMEX (SUstainable Management in EXtractive industries) will establish a sustainability framework for the extractive industry in Europe. It does so by considering the Sustainable Development Goals, the European Green Deal, as well as EU Social License to Operate considerations and will involve stakeholders from industry, government, academia and civil society backgrounds from all across the EU.
The project consortium hosted an online event on 17 November 2020 to open a dialogue between the project team, the extractive industries, EU and national representatives, academia, civil society groups and downstream industries. The aim of the event to start shaping a common definition for sustainability for the extractive industries.
The presentations given during the event are available here:
- Introducing the SUMEX Project – Michael Tost, MontanuniversitätLeoben, Austria
- EU policy on raw materials – Daniel Cios, GROW C2 –Energy Intensive Industries and Raw Materials
- Sustainable Development as a Conceptual Lens – Michael Hitch, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
- The SUMEX Digital Toolkit & learning actions: Concept & benefit for practitioners – Andreas Endl, Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics, Austria
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