Mission

The SSIC will support and facilitate sustainable technological development and educational ac-tivities in KCA and KAVA activities by making use of the sustainability assessment toolbox. The SSIC will provide information on sustainability of material stocks, evidence on resource efficien-cy, 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 po-tential 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 sup-port systems, the SSIC wants to help 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 Ma-terials and for European policies
  • Disseminate results of KIC initiatives that lead to increase of sustainability/sustainability management of raw materials
  • Strengthening capacities on sustainability support, making them more easily available to (industrial) KIC partners and therefore become a reference centre for support and in-formation on sustainable materials management
  • Addressing the specific needs of SMEs on resource efficiencyBroadening the understanding of sustainable material management to society and through education

The SSIC thus aims at developing an integrated knowledge base on sustainable materials man-agement 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 submitted NOI’s such as EMFIS (UL-CML) and RMIData4Industry (GEUS) that focus more on data management and macro/meso-scale trends on stocks and flows.