Find information on the European metal resources and flows in a single source

Information on the resources and production volumes of mineral raw materials needs to be easily accessible from a single source. The solid knowledge -base will support decision making within the metal refining and manufacturing industry, or in research and education programmes.

The two-year ORAMA project (Optimising quality of information in RAw MAterials data collection across Europe) started on 1 December 2017. The project supports the further development of the system containing this information. The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission´s science and knowledge service, is responsible for the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), which is planned to fulfil the mentioned criteria in the future.

The ORAMA project is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and has a total budget of € 1.73 million. Of the 16 Partners based in 14 Member States, half are geological surveys and half comprise universities and research institutes specialised in secondary raw materials.

ORAMA will identify the best practices in collecting information on raw materials. Data providers are targeted for training to secure wider uses of these practices. The objective is to create a system to transfer information stored at national level to the EU common information system. This public service will show which metallic raw materials are produced in different parts of the EU, in which quantities and how much is imported to the EU. The data are significant, because a common database could be used, for example, to identify alternative sources of different metals in case of disturbances in international trade.

ORAMA also seeks solutions to the harmonisation of statistics between primary production and flows of secondary metals. Although the importance of recycling continues to grow, it can never fully substitute for the primary production from mines. If the data on recycled secondary raw materials were better comparable with that of primary raw materials, this would, among other factors, facilitate identification of business opportunities related to recycling.

A schematic view of approach and methodology of ORAMA.