Industrial Affairs

As part of the non-energy extractive industry (NEEI), the industrial minerals sector finds itself at the heart of the European economy : downstream users like the construction, chemicals, automotive, aerospace, machinery and equipment sectors all depend on raw materials including industrial minerals. Today, their numerous properties are harnessed in a broad range of green applications and processes. Industrial minerals are essential to a growing, sustainable economy in Europe. In order to support the role of the sector in Europe, IMA-Europe has placed research, innovation and resource efficiency at the top of its agenda.  

The European Union has set ambitious targets for 2020: 20% increased energy efficiency, 20% share of renewable in total EU energy consumption, 20% reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG). The main tool...
Industrial Policy is one of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy. Its objectives are set out in the Communication on “an integrated industrial policy for the globalization era...
Innovation has been identified in the European agenda as a top priority to boost the European economy and competition in the global markets by using breakthrough and/or scientific knowledge in key...
The Raw Materials Initiative (RMI) aims at providing the framework conditions to establish an integrated strategy to face the challenges related to the access to non-energy and non-agricultural raw...
Different reserves classification systems are used across the world, with the two main, international ones being developed by/under the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting...
Resource efficiency addresses the sustainable use of natural resources – from raw materials to food, water, air and ecosystems – as the base for a change in the EU’s economic model. It is seen as key...
A number of statistical and economic nomenclatures exist at international level. IMA-Europe monitors any developments in these nomenclatures, particularly NACE, Prodcom and CN.
The Energy Taxation Directive (2003/96/EC) sets a minimum taxation rate for energy products. Article 4 specifies that the Directive does not apply to energy products used for “Mineralogical processes...
Mid-March, the Nickel Institute hosted for the third time the Annual Raw Materials Conference, in Brussels. Widely attended by representatives from regulatory bodies, industry, academia, NGOs and the...