The European Arctic securing the Green Deal and TraceMet; traceability system for metals

  • 2021-03-19
  • 10:36
  • News

This past week, Svemin has arranged two very well-attended webinars. In collaboration with our Finnish sister organization, FinnMin, the Finnish Mining Association, North Sweden European Office and Region Västerbotten, a three session webinar was organized within the framework of the EU Industry Week. Svemin also presented the strategic project TraceMet; on traceability of metals and minerals.

Over half of Europe’s most critical mineral and metals are found in the European Arctic of Sweden and Finland. The competence and capability through the whole value chain from raw material extraction, battery production, recycling and re-use of raw materials makes this region the most advanced and valuable ecosystem for sustainable mining in Europe, crucial in realizing the European Green Deal.

Among the speakers at the webinar on March 18; How the European Arctic secures the European Green Deal, were Rolf Kuby, Director of Euromines, Mika Lintilä, Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, Ibrahim Baylan, Swedish Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation and Peter Handley, Head of Unit Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, European Commission’s DG GROW. The three sessions consisted of mineral extraction, battery production and recycling.

The webinar was a local event organised in partnership with the European Commission. #EUIndustryWeek

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The origin of metals in consumer products is playing an increasing role for both consumers and producers. That is why Svemin has taken the initiative for the completely new traceability system TraceMet. On March 17 the report from the pilot study was presented.

The purpose of TraceMet is to develop a simplified, but fully functional, IT system to trace certified metals from mining to end use. The project uses the criteria carbon footprint, and amount recycled material.

Among the speakers were Grete Solvang Stoltz, Senior Vice President Human Resources and Sustainability, LKAB, Erik Lindblom, Project Manager TraceMet, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Alice Lim, Associate CEO Office, sustainability and corporate strategy, London Metal Exchange and Roine Oberer, R&D Project Manager, ABB.

The report is currently only available in Swedish, but an English version will be coming soon. It will be available here on Svemin’s website.

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TraceMet is run by Svemin and IVL in collaboration with Boliden and LKAB. Behind the project are Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas via the strategic innovation program Swedish Mining Innovation – a joint initiative to strengthen the Swedish mining and metal mining industry.