SSIC supports and facilitates sustainable technological development and educational activities by making use of the sustainability assessment toolbox. SSIC provides information on sustainability of material stocks, evidence on resource efficiency, analysis of critical raw material savings, guidance on innovation options for life cycle impact hotspots, sustainable up-scaling scenarios, socio-economic cost and benefits, job creation potential of new technologies, market potential, recyclability benefits of new waste valorisation options, etc. By clustering the available state-of-the-art knowledge on these sustainability support systems, SSIC helps industry and research community by:
- Identifying sustainable innovation possibilities at process, product, supply chain and macro-economic level, which can lead to new technological projects
- Allowing substantiated claims on sustainable material management
- Giving the ability to monitor sustainable material management within the EIT Raw Materials and for European policies
- Disseminate results of initiatives that lead to increase of sustainability
- Strengthening capacities on sustainability support, making them more easily available to (industrial) partners and therefore become a reference centre for support and information on sustainable materials management
- Addressing the specific needs of SMEs on resource efficiency
- Broadening the understanding of sustainable material management to society and through education
SSIC thus aims at developing an integrated knowledge base on sustainable materials management and provide state-of-the-art information on sustainable extraction and conversion of raw materials by strengthening synergies with existing initiatives, such as the European Innova-tion Partnership (EIP), the European Raw Materials Knowledge Base (EURMKB), the European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON), the JRC Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), European and National geological surveys, as well as most relevant EU funded project such as FP7 and Horizon2020 projects.
The SSIC’s approach to give direct support and information to technology developers and educational/disseminative systems with a methodological toolbox is also complementary to other Networks of Infrastructure (NoI), such as EMFIS, ERMAT, STORM, Modelling Factory.