SUMEX project: SUstainable Management in EXtractive industries


SUMEX is a 36-months project funded by the European Commission that has started on 1 November 2020. The project supports the set-up of a European sustainability framework to improve the permitting procedure along the extractive value chain (prospecting, exploration, extraction, processing, closure, post closure activities), to guarantee timely decisions, a transparent governmental regulatory regime, appealing financial and administrative conditions and sustainable natural environmental and social conditions. The main mission of SUMEX is to assist policymakers and other stakeholders in seizing this opportunity.

In order to foster more, but sustainable mineral production in the EU, SUMEX (SUstainable Management in EXtractive industries) will establish a sustainability framework for the extractive industry in Europe. It does so by considering the Sustainable Development Goals, the European Green Deal, as well as EU Social License to Operate considerations and will involve stakeholders from industry, government, academia and civil society backgrounds from all across the EU. 

The European Federation of Geologists is leading the project’s outreach activities and some of its National Associations are participating as Linked Third Parties.

The project consortium hosted an online event on 17th November 2020 to open a dialogue between the project team, the extractive industries, EU and national representatives, academia, civil society groups and downstream industries. The aim of the event to start shaping a common definition for sustainability for the extractive industries.

The event was live streamed on Facebook and the recording of the main sessions is available on the SUMEX YouTube channel.

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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº101003622.