Minerals are everywhere around us. In fact, virtually all products and industrial processes are dependent on minerals.
Tomorrow's resources – critical raw materials
At the same time, in Europe, we are largely dependent on imports. Increasing our degree of self-sufficiency is high on the agenda, both nationally and internationally.
In addition, a growing global population and the green transition entail increasing demand for minerals.
Raw materials strategy
Therefore, the EU has produced a raw materials strategy and identified certain “critical raw materials”, for which the risks for disruptions in the supply of these materials relative to their economic significance are assessed. Phosphorus and rare earth elements are two of the raw materials on the list.
Upgrading mine waste
By recovering and upgrading mine waste, the objective of the ReeMAP project is to produce:
- Phosphorus, this mineral corresponds to five times Sweden’s demand
- Rare Earth Elements which are 30% of today’s demand within the EU, up to 100% of specific REEs.
- Fluorine mainly for the chemicals industry and medical applications
- Gypsum to meet demand from all building construction in Sweden
If you like, you can read more about critical raw materials and the EU’s raw-materials strategy on the EU website.