EUROPEAN ALLIANCE FOR A MORE RESILIENT AND GREENER EUROPE
SECURING ACCESS TO CRITICAL AND SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIALS AND ADVANCED MATERIALS FOR THE EU INDUSTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS
RAW MATERIALS AND ADVANCED MATERIALS ARE THE KEY ENABLERS OF THE GREEN ENERGY TRANSITION
CREATING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUROPE’S INDUSTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS
INCREASING EUROPE’S RAW MATERIALS RECYCLING CAPACITY
FROM LINEAR TO CIRCULAR THINKING .

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Establish an agile and inclusive stakeholder consultation process

Support EU industrial policy to mitigate regulatory and financing bottlenecks

Set up a Raw Materials Investment Platform (RMIP) to help leverage investment in a pipeline of key projects

Foster a deeper strategic awareness, including public acceptance of and forward-looking perspective on the role of raw and advanced materials in the transition to the Green and Digital Economy

About ERMA

The European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) aims to make Europe economically more resilient by diversifying its supply chains, creating jobs, attracting investments to the raw materials value chain, fostering innovation, training young talents and contributing to the best enabling framework for raw materials and the Circular Economy worldwide.

The Alliance addresses the challenge of securing access to sustainable raw materials, advanced materials, and industrial processing know-how. By 2030, ERMA’s activities will increase the production of raw and advanced materials and address Circular Economy by boosting the recovery and recycling of Critical Raw Materials. More specifically, the Alliance will:

  • Bolster the creation of environmentally sustainable and socially equitable innovations and infrastructure
  • Implement a Circular Economy of complex products like electric vehicles, clean tech, and hydrogen equipment
  • Support Europe’s raw materials industry capability, to extract, design, manufacture and recycle materials
  • Promote innovation, strategic investment, and industrial production across specific value chains

European Industrial Ecosystems

The European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) contributes to ensuring reliable, secure and sustainable access to raw materials as key enablers for a globally competitive, green, and digital Europe. The alliance will initially focus on the most pressing needs: increasing the EU resilience in the rare earth magnet and motor value chain. They are vital to key EU industrial ecosystems, such as automotive, renewable energy, defence and aerospace. The alliance will expand to address other critical and strategic raw materials needs, including those related to materials for energy storage and conversion (batteries and fuel cells).

Many strategically important industrial ecosystems in the European Union depend on a reliable supply of sustainable raw materials. Raw Materials and advanced materials in the context of Circular Economy are vital for European competitiveness and innovation capacity.

Aerospace & Defense

Aircrafts, Spacecrafts, Satellites

Mobility - Automotive

Production, Repair, Maintenance of vehicles, Boats, Trains

Renewable Energy

Electrical motors, Engines, Turbines, Power generation, Gas distribution

Low carbon energy int.

Extraction of fossil fuels, Refining, Manufacturing with high environmental impact

Electronics

Production of electronics

Construction

Building of residential housing, Non-residential housing, Roads, Railways, Civil engineering

Digital

Telecommunication, Software, Programming, Web portals, Computer manufacturing

Action Lines / Workstreams

ERMA is an open and inclusive alliance that provides an open and independent forum for discussion and analysis, as well as a mechanism for translating potential projects into actual activities and infrastructures that will contribute to creating long-lasting added value and jobs for Europe. 

ERMA will identify barriers, opportunities and investment cases to build capacity at all stages of the raw materials value chain, from mining to waste recovery. It complies with EU competition rules and EU international trade commitments.

ERMA objectives will be achieved through two major workstreams:

1. Value chain-specific consultation processes:

  • Identify and respond to raw material challenges along industrial ecosystems and within the wider society
  • Provide tailored solutions to industry needs
  • Unlock regulatory bottlenecks
  • Promote stakeholders’ strong engagement and commitment through an open process

2. Investment channel for raw materials projects:

  • Select and prioritize cases to secure primary and secondary raw materials supply for European industrial ecosystems
  • Install Raw Materials Investment Platform (RMIP) to bring investors and investees together
  • Define case-specific financing strategies and mechanisms
  • Assess EU funding opportunities and financing sources for investment opportunities inside and outside Europe

Both workstreams will be implemented through clusters dedicated to the specific value chains. The first two clusters will focus on Rare Earth Magnets & Motors and Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion.

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Rare Earths Magnets and Motors

Rare earth (REE) permanent magnets and motors are vital components in products ranging from small headphones to EV drivetrains and massive wind power turbines.

Discovered and initially commercialised by European scientists and engineers, the production of these materials in Europe is in decline.

ERMA supports a multi-sourcing strategy from feasible, sustainable sources (primary and secondary) to ensure resilient supply chains and increase European industrial competitiveness. In Europe, there are world-class REE deposits in various parts of Europe such as Sweden, Greenland, Finland and Spain. In addition, REE can be extracted as a by-product of phosphate production (for example in Finland) and regained from end-of-life products through various different recycling schemes. Enormous innovation potential also lies in the resource and cost efficient design of magnetic materials and motors.

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