45 national and regional Geological Survey Organisations (GSOs) from 32 European countries have joined forces to develop an ERA-NET Co-Fund Action:
Establishing the European Geological Surveys Research Area to deliver a Geological Service for Europe (GeoERA)
The main objective of GeoERA is to contribute to the optimal use and management of the subsurface. In 2018 15 research projects started and they will support 1) a more integrated and efficient management and 2) more responsible and publicly accepted, exploitation and use of the subsurface. The projects cover the applied geosciences, addressing the following four themes:
Secure, clean and efficient energy are at the heart of the H2020’s Societal Challenge 3. As Europe progresses to make its transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy.
The objective of the groundwater theme is to provide data, information and decision-support tools for the protection, sustainable management and improvement of groundwater resources.
Mineral Raw Materials underpin societal development and Europe’s ambition for economic growth and well-being. The European Commission recognises the importance of Raw Materials.
The geo-energy, groundwater and raw materials themes share the common objective to provide and disseminate spatial information on their respective resources.
United Nations Framework Classification for Resources and the United Nations Resource Management System: The Future of Sustainable Raw Material Management in Europe
Net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, promoting the circular economy and enhancing social responsiveness are the three pillars of the European Green Deal. Sustainable production and use of raw materials, primary and secondary, underpin the successful realization of these objectives. As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the new UN policy on transforming extractive industries for sustainable development is central to near- and medium-term actions that support universal access to resources, including the critical raw materials required for the green transition. Sustainable resource management can be implemented only if data and information on the environmental-socio-economic viability, technological feasibility and risks are available. Europe has made rapid progress in availability of harmonized quality data using the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS). Accelerating the push towards sustainable supply of raw materials and a circular economy will require further strengthening of the common standards and availability of shared data and information. This session with UNECE and EuroGeoSurveys will feature perspectives, experiences, and the outlook in applying UNFC and UNRMS for sustainable raw materials management.
Final meeting of GeoERA and all projects. Programme to be announced later.