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SUstainable non‐energy Mineral extraction Activities in Natura 2000 protected sites

Acronym: 
SUMAN 2000
Objectives of the commitment: 

The main objective of this RMC is to ensure the smooth application of two key EU policies (mining and environmental) for the implementation of non‐energy mineral extraction activities in Natura 2000 protected sites.
The specific objectives are:
- To harmonize the EU permitting procedure for the exploitation of non-energy minerals in Natura 2000 sites
- To ensure the public acceptance of sustainable mining activities in the Natura 2000 protected sites.
The operative objectives are:
- To develop an standarization protocol in the permitting procedure for the exploitation of non-energy minerals, harmonizing technical requirements and timelines in all the EU Member States.
- To demonstrate in practice the sustainability of specific installations through the implementation of a demo sites in Europe.
- To further disseminate the results in a coordinated way among all the EU stakeholders.

Description of the activities: 

ACTION 1: Creation of the final Working Group
The initial task will consist in the formal creation of a Working Group based on the members of the SUMAN 2000 RMC. The network will include in the initial stage new partners in order to better cover the European diversity and the points of view of the different EU stakeholders.
The network will need to cover at least the following profiles:
- Non-energy mineral extractive industry
- RTD Centres
- Academia
- Regional and local communities
- NGOs
- Member States
The RMC confirmed members will ensure the complementarity of the profiles in order to avoid duplicities.

ACTION 2: ANALYSIS OF THE STATE-OF-THE-ART
Second action will perform the following tasks:
- Analysis of the different methodologies followed at national and regional level for the permits approval for exploration, research and exploitation of mineral resources in areas affected by the Natura 2000 sites
- Compilation of the la Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) of mining exploitation projects affected by the Natura 2000 sites and study of the common technical aspects.
- Compilation of the jurisprudence (final court sentences) related with the use of mineral resources and the interpretation of the Habitats and Birds Directives (Directive 92/43/CEE - Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) - Directive 2009/147/CE - Special Protection Areas (SPAs)) and study of the common legal aspects.

ACTION 3: DEFINITION OF THE PERMITTING PROCEDURE PROTOCOL
Third action will perform the following tasks:
- Development of common supporting document of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) that harmonise the technical assessment criteria, providing an effective tool for the evaluation of the projects to the Competent Authorities.
- Development of a coherent protocol of standardization in the permitting procedure to obtain the necessary licences for the exploitation of non-energy minerals, inside Natura 2000 sites.
Main objectives of the protocol will be:
- To establish common technical requirements to be applied by each administration in the permitting procedure
- To set maximum deadlines and stricter schedules in each part of the process and in the global procedure
- To reinforce the actions of citizens participation and involvement to ensure the acceptability of the decisions taken.

ACTION 4: DEMONSTRATION SITES IN NATURA 2000 AREAS
The Working Group will implement the protocol previously defined in exploitations in several Natura 2000 protected sites. This implementation will consist on the full demonstration of at least one specific installations. The objective of these demo sites will be:
- To evaluate the protocol established.
- To demonstrate the factual sustainability of the solutions adopted.
- To generate a coherent portfolio of practical experiences to be disseminated

ACTION 5: FINAL DISSEMINATION PLAN
Finally, the Group will develop a coordinated action of dissemination of the results and the advantages of the experience implemented.
This dissemination will take into account the main stakeholders in the process and will establish:
- Target Groups.
- Key messages to communicate to each group
- Channels of Communication to better reach each group
- Plan of specific communication actions
The dissemination will include actions on each Member State, around 2-days events. One full day will be devoted for the Public Administrations’ technicians and mining sector companies; and another full day for the general public.
There will be a special leaflet for its distribution in the events and to be distributed among other interested stakeholders (Universities, vocational training centres, associations…) in supporting the sustainability of mining activities.

Description of the expected impacts: 

The Working Group will demonstrate how the potential impacts of extraction activities on nature and biodiversity can be minimised or avoided altogether.
Main specific results will be:
- To develop a common European protocol of standardization in the permitting procedure to obtain the necessary licences for the exploitation of non-energy minerals
- To generate many examples of best practice, and show how some extraction projects can ultimately be beneficial to biodiversity by providing highly quality ecological niches
- To show how the needs of extractive industry can be met while avoiding adverse effects on wildlife and nature.

Expected innovation outcomes: 
Societal innovation
Other
Comments: 

Europe’s manufacturing and construction industries are heavily dependent on the non-energy extractive industry for essential raw materials. The economic imperatives are clear: the sector had a turnover of around €49 billion in 2007, and it provided employment for some 287,000 people. Downstream sectors reliant on a steady supply of raw materials swell that importance even further.
Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature and biodiversity policy. It is an EU-wide ecological network of nearly 26000 sites in the 27 EU countries, established under the 1992 Habitats Directive and covering almost 18% of the EU’s land area. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species, habitats and ecosystems, which, in addition to their intrinsic values, offer a wide range of social and economic benefits to society.
To build the economy of tomorrow, we have to take care of our environment today. This means that the extraction of raw materials can be done and must be done with a concern for the natural world to ensure sustainability.

Name of the coordinating organisation: 
MAGNESITAS NAVARRAS, S.A.
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Private sector - large company
Role within the commitment: 

MAGNESITAS NAVARRAS is a manufacturer of raw material (Sintered Magnesite) and of final products (refractory mass) for use at the siderurgy industry. It is also one of the principal producers of Calcined Magnesite for use in fertilizers and animal nutrition, and has an increasing presence in the environmental sector. The company has 60% of its invoicing to the external markets. RMC: development of mining exploitation in a Natura 2000 area.

Other partners: 
Name of partner: 
VKS – Verband der Kali- und Salzindustrie e.V.
Country: 
Germany
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Industrial Association
Role within the commitment: 
Since 2006, the VKS the sole representative of the German potash and salt industry at the federal level. As employers' association is the VKS collective agreement party for about 9,000 employees in the potash and salt industry. As a trade association of the VKS represents the economic and policy members' interests at both national and European level. RMC: Technical Support in the Project meetings (7 six-monthly).
Name of partner: 
S&B Industrial Minerals
Country: 
Luxembourg
Entity profile: 
Private sector - large company
Role within the commitment: 
S&B is a global diversified minerals and materials group, providing industrial solutions to a wide range of markets, such as foundry, construction, metallurgy and various specialty niche sectors. S&B mines and processes bentonite, perlite, bauxite, zeolite, wollastonite and produces continuous casting fluxes and a variety of specialty products. RMC: Technical Support in the Project meetings (7 six-monthly)
Name of partner: 
CONSULTORES INDEPENDIENTES EN GESTIÓN DE RECURSOS NATURALES, S.A.(CRN)
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: 
CRN is an SME established in 1997 by a group of prefessionals with wide experience which objetive is to provide to its clients an independent service of engineering and consulting in the fields of raw materials and Earth Sciences, applying the most innovative methods and technologies. RMC: Preparation of dossiers on State of the Art and preliminary study on permitting procedure.
Name of partner: 
SITA Nederland Holding BV
Country: 
Netherlands
Entity profile: 
Private sector - large company
Role within the commitment: 
SITA is an environmental company within the group SUEZ Environment that is specialised in Waste management and treatment. It provides consulting services in recycling waste flows. RMC: Technical Support in the Project meetings (7 six-monthly)
Name of partner: 
Ambinor Consultoría y Proyectos S.L.
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: 
AMBINOR is a consulting SME aimed at facilitating to companies and administrations the technical, legal and administrative support to implement Projects with environmental implications. Services include: permitting procedures; monitoring and control of works; and environmental/sustainability consulting. RMC: Preparation of dossiers on State of the Art and preliminary study on permitting procedure
Name of partner: 
AEMINA - Agrupación Empresarial Minera Navarra
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Association
Role within the commitment: 
AEMINA is the business association of mining companies of the Spanish región of Navarre. It is aimed at awareness rising about the compatibility of mining regarding the environment, labour safety and whealth creation, disseminating that mining can be sustainable. RMC: Organisational and dissemination support
Name of partner: 
IMA Europe - the Industrial Minerals Association
Country: 
Belgium
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Association
Role within the commitment: 
IMA Europe, the Industrial Minerals Association, is an umbrella organisation which brings together a number of European associations specific to individual minerals: Calcium Carbonates (GCC/PCC), Dolomite, Andalusite, Bentonite, Borates, Diatomite, Feldspar, Kaolin, Lime, Mica, Plastic Clays, Sepiolite, Silica, Talc, Vermiculite. IMA-Europe's associations represent over 500 companies. RMC: Organisational and dissemination support
Name of partner: 
Regional Government of Navarre
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
Navarre is one of the 17 regions of Spain. This RMC involves the Department of Rural Development, Environment and Local Administrations. It is a Competent Authority in terms of permitting procedures for industrial activities, including mining. RMC: Administrations’ point of view in permits protocols
Name of partner: 
Agrupación de Fabricantes de Cemento de España (Oficemen)
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Association
Role within the commitment: 
Oficemen represents a sector that is leader in the production of clinker and cement, which commits to innovation in its products too. Likewise, we are an industry devoted to public service, accountable to the general public and, above all, with a profound respect for the environment. Nowadays, all companies devoted to integral production of cement which have got factories in Spain take part into Oficemen. RMC: Organisational and dissemination support.
Name of partner: 
Regional Government of Castilla y Leon
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
Castilla y Leon is one of the 17 regions of Spain. This RMC involves the Department of Innovation in the regional ministry of Economy and Employment. It is a Competent Authority in terms of permitting procedures for industrial activities, including mining. RMC: Administrations’ point of view in permits protocols
Name of partner: 
Montanuniversität Leoben
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
Academia
Role within the commitment: 
University of Leoben is an academic institution from 1840. Nowadays it offers the following study programmes (Bachelor and Master): Mineral Resources Engineering, Metallurgy, Materials Science, Applied Geosciences, Industrial Environmental Protection, Waste Disposal Technology and Recycling, Petroleum Engineering. In the winter term 2011/12 about 3100 students were enrolled. RMC: development of reports + dissemination campaign + training sessions
Name of partner: 
Universidad de Leon
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Academia
Role within the commitment: 
The University of León has a portfolio of titles dominated by the so-called Earth Sciences: Veterinary Biology, agronomy, etc. Today, 37 degrees and 18 graduate degree are offered on both campuses, joint degrees with universities from other countries or graduate of interest, or Master Business Studies titled European, shared with three other European universities. RMC: development of reports + dissemination campaign + training sessions
Name of partner: 
INERIS - L'Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques
Country: 
France
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
Founded in 1990, INERIS is an EPCIP (French public research body of an industrial and commercial character), under the aegis of the French Ministry for Ecology, at the service of environmental safety. Located at Verneuil-en-Halatte (Oise), INERIS is equipped with physicochemical analysis laboratories and testing and computing facilities that rank among the best in France. RMC: Report Good Practices in Natura 2000
Name of partner: 
KGHM CUPRUM sp. z o.o. Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe
Country: 
Poland
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
RTD Centre
Role within the commitment: 
KGHM Cuprum Ltd Research and Development Centre was established in 1967 as part of the Copper Mining and Metallurgical Complex in Lubin. The centre provides technical projects for new mines as well as modernization and expansion projects of existing mines, audits of machines, unit operations and processes as well as whole concentrators, elaboration of recommendations and guides for rehabilitation… RMC: amendments to mining regulations
Name of partner: 
Sílice Navarra, S.L.
Country: 
Spain
Entity profile: 
Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: 
Silice Navarra is an SME aimed at developing Direction of Works, permits mangement in mining activities and preparation of exploitation Projects of mining companies, including environmental reports. RMC: RMC: Technical Support in the Project meetings
Existing EU contribution: 
No
Period to implement the commitment: 
Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 to Saturday, 31 December, 2016