What is the role of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and how does its work contribute to the security of Europe’s supply of critical materials?
The role of EGS is to provide public Earth science knowledge to support the EU’s competitiveness, social well-being, environmental management, and international commitments. Through its Mineral Resources Expert Group, EGS has the capacity and capability to deliver the best available mineral expertise and information based on the knowledge base of its members’ geological surveys, for policy, industry, communication and education purposes at a European level. EGS aims to become the leading partner within a European mineral information network, or similar cooperative undertaking, which will provide innovative tools and expertise to support sustainable minerals supply for Europe. Mineral information provided by EGS is based on globally comparable standards of excellence for research and development, and there are processes for these standards to be maintained. Of course, to make this happen many of EGS mineral activities and tasks are carried out collaboratively with other organizations that have mineral information and expertise, and with consumers of that information and other potential stakeholders.
Within this context, the EGS and Geological Surveys of Europe are currently carrying out the EU-funded Minerals4EU project, which should create the main European information network structure on minerals (including critical ones) to provide tools and expertise to enhance resource efficiency and the security of minerals supply, and support sustainable minerals development for Europe.