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Digging gold from trash: ProSUM, a centralised database for critical secondary raw materials

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Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

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Delft University of Technology - Prosum project

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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.

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  • Provide harmonised data to allow stakeholders to improve the management of mineral waste and enhance the resource efficiency of collection, treatment and recycling
  • Ability to reference all spatial and non-spatial data
  • Provide screened interoperable data on products and mining waste in stock, waste flows, the nature of the waste and the materials and elements which they contain
  • Provide protocols and methodologies to update the EU-UMKDP and to make future data comparable and interoperable.