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European mineral statistics

Download European Mineral Statistics 2010-2014

European Mineral Statistics provides statistical information about minerals and metals in Europe. It provides the essential background intelligence for any European minerals-related activities.

Production, export and import tables are presented for all EU members and EU candidate countries, plus Norway and Switzerland, in two sections:

  • by individual country
  • by commodity, with bullets on salient features and graphics
Fluorspar: EU36 trade 2014 graph. BGS (c) UKRI.

More than 70 different mineral commodities are included, from aluminium to zirconium, plus statistics relating to primary aggregates and cement.

The book also includes commentary discussing the different categories of minerals — construction minerals, industrial minerals, metals and energy minerals — in the European context and contains general information on the compilation of data.

European Mineral Statistics is available as a free download.

Optimising data collection for primary and secondary raw materials

BGS participated in the Optimising data collection for primary and secondary raw materials (ORAMA) project, funded by the European Union 7th Framework Programme, whic ran from December 2017 to December 2019.

The ORAMA project focused on optimising data collection for primary and secondary raw materials in member states. ORAMA identified the best practices in collecting information on raw materials and 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.

BGS's work on the project focused on statistical data for primary minerals and aimed to address some of the major challenges regarding the EU knowledgebase relating to the quality and harmonisation of collected data, with particular emphasis on:

  • analysis of data collection methods used within the countries of Europe, including the examination of recommendations made during previous projects, to identify good practice and training needs
  • making progress towards the standardisation of statistical data for resources and reserves
  • examining the available data concerning the social and environmental aspects of extraction
  • development of technical guidelines and training materials to assist with the improvement of the relevant statistical datasets

For more information about the project, visit the ORAMA project webpage.

Minerals Intelligence Network for Europe

From September 2013 to August 2015, BGS participated in the Minerals Intelligence Network for Europe (Minerals4EU) project, which was funded by the European Union 7th Framework Programme. This project was designed to contribute towards the recommendations of the EU's Raw Materials Initiative and delivered a web portal with spatial data on Europe's mineral resources, the most comprehensive European Minerals Yearbook ever produced and a foresight study. The project team also put in place a Minerals4EU Foundation that, together with its associated network, aims to continue to develop this work.

Building on their existing experience in collecting worldwide mineral production and trade statistics, BGS led the work package that developed the yearbook. In addition to production and trade figures, the yearbook includes available data relating to resources, reserves and exploration data for primary minerals, together with information relating to secondary raw materials. The yearbook was published in August 2015.

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