Contributing to the circular economy to meet our mineral needs
Rising demand for metals and minerals has meant that the supply of certain mineral materials has become critical, and the shift to a circular economy is not sufficient to meet this demand. This tension has turned access to mineral resources into a major issue, and the availability and supply of minerals, especially of strategic metals, needs to be closely monitored.
BRGM observes the life cycle and value chain of minerals, including by modelling their flows and dynamics, from assessing the availability of primary deposits to investigating the economic uses and recycling of mineral resources. BRGM’s research considers environmental, economic and social drivers in order to support the development of a more circular economy and more responsible mining.
BRGM thus develops predictive metallogenic approaches to improve the detection, extraction and use of primary mineral resources. It also designs innovative solutions for making the treatment and recycling of mineral resources, including construction metals and waste, more efficient, by promoting less energy-intensive technologies with reduced environmental impact.
million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment produced in the world.