ICAMCYL: actions and progress made in first year of BlackCycle

Standardisation and harmonisation of generated data, feeding and integration with the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS)

The Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) is an instrument of the European Commission, developed by the Directorate-General (DG) Joint Research Centre (JRC) in cooperation with the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROWTH). The RMIS is the Commission’s reference web-based knowledge platform on non-fuel, non-agricultural raw materials from primary and secondary sources and provides an overview of the European raw materials context.

The RMIS responds to the need of strengthening the European Union Raw Materials Knowledge Base and acts as the core access point to such knowledge and as interface for policy support. The EC RMIS provides a structured repository of knowledge, related legislation at EU Community and Member States levels, with a view of identifying further needs, gaps and recent national legislation updates in the EU Member States. The overarching goal of the RMIS is to facilitate:

  • The availability, coherence and quality of knowledge required by specific EU raw materials policies and EC services.
  • The knowledge needs of the EU criticality assessment, the Raw Materials Scoreboard, trade, defence, Circular Economy, due diligence/conflict minerals and other raw materials specific policies.
  • Access to key raw materials information, within and beyond Europe, which complements the knowledge currently essential for policy support.

RMIS has the aim of establishing a continuous exchange of knowledge with national, EU-level and global knowledge providers. Fulfilling the wide range of raw materials knowledge needs requires a broad spectrum of different knowledge providers. In this respect, Horizon 2020 projects as BlackCycle are at the core of RMIS’ knowledge providers.

To be part of the RMIS knowledge platform, the following information regarding the BlackCycle project will be published in it:

  • Activities on raw materials and raw materials of interest.
  • Raw materials knowledge: raw materials value chain, environmental and social sustainability, economics and trade, secondary raw materials and circular economy, critical raw materials, monitoring raw materials sectors and data accessibility.
  • Research and innovation.
  • Links and contacts.

BlackCycle will feed the RMIS with the most relevant findings and research results of the project. This knowledge can be used in support to the development of the most important EC RMIS dossiers, such as the ‘EU criticality assessment’, the Material System Analysis (MSA) study and the Raw Materials (RM) Scoreboard that could be used by the EU commission to develop future policy and strategies for EU sustainable development.

One of the objectives of BLACKCYCLE is to feed the RMIS knowledge database with:

  • An overview of current and prospective regulations, ELT management systems (collection, transport & intermediate treatment stages).
  • The distribution of ELT across recovery methods, products and applications.
  • A better understanding of the feasibility of different recovery route categories and associated methods, products and applications.
  • An overview of studies conducted on the risk of impacts on health and the environment.
  • A panorama of advanced technology and innovations in ELT recovery to overcome risks and improve viability.