ICCRAM takes part in the international strategy of industrial resource efficiency management, energy efficiency, ecoinnovation and critical materials substitution, being directly related to the European Innovation Partnership in Raw Materials (EIP-Raw), and the Knowledge and Innovation Community in Raw Materials from the EIT (KIC-Raw Materials) as Task Partner.
The European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials is a stakeholder platform that brings together representatives from industry, public services, academia and NGOs. Its mission is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Members States and Private Actors on innovative approaches to the challenges related to raw materials.
The EIP plays a central role in the EU's raw materials policy framework and is a new approach to EU research and innovation. The EIP reinforces the Raw Materials Initiative by translating the strategic policy framework into concrete actions and by mobilising the stakeholder community to implement them. It has also been instrumental in securing R&I funding.
More information about the EIP can be found here.
In this context, ICCRAM coordinates the commitment RAW NANOVALUE and participates in others such as ENCRAM, SUBS_EXTREME, RESET, InTrain4RM and MIREU, leading different action groups.
ICCRAM coordinates the following EIP Commitment:
RAW-NANOVALUE | Critical Raw Materials: their role in Nanotechnology-based Value Chains. Nanotechnology as a Vehicle for Substitution.
Objectives: RAWNANOVALUE will create an international discussion network to interface EIP activities and efforts to introduce into the EU Nanotechnology VCs and roadmaps the concepts of resource efficiency management, Circular Economy and CRMs strategy. As a result, it will set up the framework conditions for enhanced efficiency in material use, waste prevention, re-use and recycling, and RMs efficient product design.
It will guide Nanotech. EU industry to increase its competitiveness in all strong added value sectors, while aligned with the RMs efficient use or independency. Hence, helping to achieve 2020 objectives of the EU’s Industrial Policy. In addition, it will study the role of Nanotechnology as a vehicle to foster substitution of CRMs in the main EU industrial VCs, thus contributing to the EIP objective of substituting three applications of critical and scarce CRMs.
ICCRAM is also partner in the following EIP Commitments:
ENCRAM | Expert Network on Critical Raw Materials
Objectives: ENCRAM aims at gathering the different initiatives (associations, clusters, projects…) working on CRMs into an Expert Network on Critical Raw Materials. The network includes public entities and civil society representatives, in order to allow a multi-stakeholder dialogue on a topic with such key societal, economic, geopolitical and environmental implications. The first objective of ENCRAM is to establish this long lasting Expert Network on CRM and to define the way it can be operated after the end of the Project and gain its sustainability.
InTrain4RM | International Training Center For Raw Materials
Objectives: If Europe wants to increase its independence in the supply of raw materials, it has to develop the primary and the secondary resources sectors. This will be possible if industries can adapt their skills to the requirements of the European society, in terms of technology, policy, standards and if all the workers contributing at each step of the value chains have a relevant and up to date level of knowledge.
In Europe, and worldwide, educational and research centres can help in delivering this training, being at the origin of innovation and skilled for delivering education and training programmes.
The first objective of this commitment is to create a long lasting International Network of Training Centers focusing on the production of metals from primary and secondary, delivering trainings on the whole value chains of metals to professionals, adapted to a specific need of an industry.
MIREU | Mining Regions of EU
Objectives: Establish co-ordination and support mechanisms among the involved regions and engage the other relevant EU regions. Illustrate the right raw materials framework conditions based on good practices; including administration, land use planning, investment conditions and attracting skilled workforce. Identify the essential preconditions for companies to obtain a SLO with the idea of developing guidelines to create a toolbox in the future intended to improve transparency, communication and SLO. Map synergies between raw materials value chains, market and societal stakeholders, operational synergies between R&I investments and the ESIF within and across the regions. Map how the exploration and extraction of mineral raw materials, in Member States involved, is integrated in land-use planning. Consider how to link planning with the sustainable development of mineral deposits and global aspects.
RESET (WP Coordinator) | Raw Elements Substitution in Electronic and optoelectronic Technologies
Objectives: Create efficient platform of all the actors, private and public, dedicated to:
- SUSTAINABLE SUBSTITUTION OF RARE EARTH ELEMENTS (REE) IN PHOTODEVICES (WP1)
Application field: optoelectronic, LEDs, CFLs, LCDs, Plasma Screens. Objective: Substitute Heavy (Yttrium) and light (Cerium) REE. Technology: Innovate alternative materials and/or processing maintaining the same performance of actual devices in terms of lightening and resistance. Easy implementation in the actual production process (TRL 7-8).
- SUBSTITUTION OF INDIUM IN TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE LAYERS (WP2)
Application field: Panel display industry, photovoltaic, Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) Films for OLEDs. Objective: Substitute critical material (Indium) Technology: Innovate alternative materials to overcome the use of Indium tin oxide (ITO) and the development of new transparent and flexible conductive panels (TRL 4-6).
SUBST-EXTREME (WP Coordinator) | Raw Elements Substitution in Electronic and optoelectronic Technologies
Objectives: The objective of RMC is to create efficient platform for actors from private, public and non-governmental sectors including academia. A large number of commitments cover the entire raw material value chain carrying out actions according to the objectives of the EIP SIP, namely to boost the innovation capacity of the EU raw materials-related sectors. Individual projects alone or research institutes cannot fulfil these objectives. In RMC the partners jointly commit to co-operate and take actions enabling the full potential of primary and secondary materials.Technological objective is to substitute or reduce raw materials that are crucial for a strong European industrial base. In this commitment especially energy, aerospace and mining industries are identified industry areas were scarce elements are widely used in materials.