The ProSUM project established a European network of expertise on secondary sources of critical raw materials (CRMs), vital to today’s high-tech society. ProSUM directly supported the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials and its Strategic Implementation Plan calling for the creation of a European raw materials knowledge base. Data on primary and secondary raw materials are available in Europe, but scattered amongst a variety of institutions including government agencies, universities, NGOs and industry. By establishing an EU Information Network (EUIN), the project coordinated efforts to collect secondary CRM data and collate maps of stocks and flows for materials and products of the “urban mine”.
A consortium of 17 partners, representing research institutes, geological surveys and industry, with excellence in all above domains delivered this ambitious project. The project was administered by BRGM, C-Tech Innovation, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, CHALMERS, Czech Geological Survey, EMPA, EUCOBAT, EuroGeoSurveys, GEUS, GeoZS, Geological Survey of Sweden, Recharge, Technische Universtät Berlin, Technische Universiteit Delft, United Nations University, WEEE Forum, WRAP.
Under the EuroGeoSurveys umbrella there were linked third parties: HGI-CGS, GSD, IGME-Gr, GSI, TNO, NGU, PGI-NRI, LNEG, IGME-Sp and GeoInform.