Project outputs


Scientific publications

Nachhaltiger Bergbau 2050

Berg Huettenmaenn Monatsh (2022) Vol. 167 (4): 151–157

The SUMEX Project - A European Vision on
Sustainable Mining

This paper was first published during the congress proceedings of the 26th World Mining Congress (WMC 2023).

Understanding the sustainability of extractive industries: The case of the Boliden Area, Sweden

Proceedings of the International Conference Mineral Deposit Safeguarding as a Basis for Mineral Raw Materials Safety

Workshop material

Past events

Project workshops

SUMEX has organised a series of workshops since the project started in 2020. 

We invite you to consult the presentations and recorded talks via the ‘Past events’ section of this website. 

Briefing documents


Policy brief 1

Key findings of the SUMEX project (state-of-the-art, gaps, good practices etc.) are summarised in yearly reports. The first issue focuses on the findings relating to the European Sustainable Development Framework (D1.1). 


Policy brief 2

This policy brief summarises how SUMEX is assessing practices and their relevance for a transition towards sustainability in the extractives sector. 


Policy brief 3

This policy brief encapsulates central insights pertaining to the efficacy of current practices across five focus areas of SUMEX: permitting, environmental and socio-economic impact assessments, land-use, health and safety, and reporting. 


Briefing document

Capacity Building Survey Results

In autumn 2021, the SUMEX team held a survey to identify where specific knowledge gaps exist in the field of sustainable extraction with the goal to understand how to support capacity-building in sustainable management for the extractive industries. For this, actors from the extractive industries, civil society and policy and permitting authorities were requested to share their specific needs for knowledge transfer in certain aspects relevant to their work.

Project deliverables


European Sustainable Development Framework

This document deals with a) sustainability definitions; b) the set-up of a European sustainability framework and c) corresponding implications for the extractive industry in Europe. In a first stage the initial priorities and attributes for sustainable development have been defined. The current status will be taken as base for a stakeholder consultation process in the coming months.


SD Criteria SUMEX Sustainability Framework

This report describes a sustainability framework for the European extractive industry established by the SUMEX project.


Clustering Workshops: Lessons learned and key take

This report provides a compilation of ‘snapshots’ highlighting the problems addressed in the workshops, potential or actual solutions and recommended good practices.


Inventory of relevant extractive projects

This report presents an inventory of extractive projects in Europe addressing socio‐economic and environmental impacts, land use planning, health & safety, reporting and permitting, including the results of the mapping and pre‐screening for good practices.


Analytical framework

This deliverable provides important information for SUMEX stakeholders on project related work processes: meta-analysis of extractive sector practices (WP2) and use case elaboration (WP3). For that purpose, it offers a transparent perspective about SUMEX work processes and analytical frameworks for mapping extractive sector practices as well as a clear methodology for use case elaboration and meta-analysis.


Draft report policy analysis

This report presents an institutional resource regime analysis (IRR) of the 2 use cases, Boliden Area in Sweden and Canteras La Ponderosa in Spain and findings from the Delphi questionnaire on sustainable mineral extraction. In-depth case analysis indicates the main areas of policy incoherence and how they affect sustainability in extractives. Findings identify strategies and instruments to tackle challenges in different institutional regimes.


Technical specification for the SUMEX toolkit

The SUMEX project builds a digital Toolkit for good practice learning, which engages in processes and builds tools to make this knowledge available and provide support for decision-making in public and private sector alike. This report investigates options for technical implementation, the management approach and a first mapping of target groups. It does so by means of desk-research of existing approaches as well as internal and external consultation processes with potential users and participants.



Toolkit Learners and Leaders League (3-L) approach

This deliverable provides a plan of action and engagement approach of SUMEX with people and organisations and their involvement in project actions, in order to facilitate the creation of a Learners & Leader League and a Community of Practice.


Manual for good practice and training

This report presents the key project outputs and demonstrates their practical application. Through in-depth case studies and sector-wide analysis on practices in the extractive sector, key areas have been identified that need further consideration in the sector’s sustainability transformation. Additionally, this manual establishes connects between the outputs of SUMEX and the Critical Raw Materials Act, as well as other European requirements, and recommendations on how they can support implementation in the member states.


Synthesis report of training and peer learning efforts

This document is a synthesis report of the training and peer learning efforts of the SUMEX project including the Massive Open Online Course, the Community of Practice and the Knowledge Repository.


Summary of kick-off workshop “Europeanising sustainable development in the extractive industries”

This document summarises and contextualises the key output from the digital project launch event “Europeanising Sustainable Development in the Extractive Industries” on 17 November 2020.


Sketch notes: Summary report of the peer-learning workshops

This document summarises the key findings from the peer-learning workshops organised in the SUMEX project between November 2021 and November 2022


Summary report of diffusion workshop

This report summarises the steps taken to organise the SUMEX Diffusion Workshop which was held on 5 September 2023 as a session of the World Resources Forum in Geneva, co-organised with the EU-funded projects CIRAN and RE-SOURCING. The report also details main outcomes with relevance for the project.


Recorded SUMEX webinars and videos

This document describes audiovisual results of the SUMEX project. In addition, the document includes the content description of storytelling videos and videos for the 5 focus areas, which highlight different aspects of the project.


Complementary capacity building material

With a view to building complementary capacity building materials around the topic of sustainability in the extractive areas, a podcast was developed which explores the main challenges faced by the extractive sector, including environmental impact, social responsibility, legal compliance, and stakeholder engagement. The podcast also discusses the role of public authorities in addressing these challenges and SUMEX
insights that are relevant to facilitate sustainable mining practices.


Project webpage and social media representation

This document describes the structure and elements of the SUMEX website ( as well as the project’s social media channels. The website serves as a dynamic resource portal and a repository for the project’s results and outputs. The social media channels are all directly linked on the website.


Yearly Policy Briefs

SUMEX produced yearly policy briefs introducing findings relevant to policy makers. 


Yearly press releases, media kits and project fact-sheets

This deliverable is a compilation of the yearly press-releases, media kits and project fact-sheets.


Data Management Plan

The main purpose of this Data Management Plan is:
a) to encourage good data handling in the SUMEX project;
b) to deliver background information on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its applicability;
c) to provide instructions on FAIR data management and how public data should be made available taking into account relevant ethical aspects.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 101003622

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