European Alliance for a more resilient and greener Europe
On 23 February 2021, President von der Leyen, in the opening speech at the EU Industry Days 2021, highlighted the importance of the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) to build Europe’s resilience, reduce dependency on third countries, improve resource efficiency and circularity to ensure Europe’s ambition for a green and digital future.
The European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) was announced on 3 September 2020 as part of the Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials and the publication of the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials. EIT RawMaterials manages the Alliance and is committed to contributing to the achievement of the objectives set by the EU Green Deal as raw materials are indispensable drivers for the transformation from the brown to the green economy.
Metals, minerals and advanced materials are the key enablers for a globally competitive, green, and digital Europe
The European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) contributes to ensuring reliable, secure and sustainable access to raw materials. ERMA’s vision is to secure access to critical and strategic raw materials, advanced materials, and processing know-how for EU industrial ecosystems.
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 involves all relevant stakeholders, including industrial actors along the value chain, Member States and regions, trade unions, civil society, research and technology organisations, investors and NGOs.
By 2030, ERMA’s activities will increase the production of raw and advanced materials and address the circular economy by boosting the recovery and recycling of critical raw materials.