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Sustainable Minerals

Program 2021 - 2024 Active

The Nordic region has a long tradition in producing and processing of minerals, metals, and other raw materials. In addition, the region has started an ambitious journey towards reduced environmental and climate impact from the minerals sector. Going forward, the need for minerals and metals will be higher than ever. The green transition in for example energy and transport and outspoken targets on carbon neutrality, as well as digitalization of economy and industrial ecosystems require a multitude of these raw materials.  

In enabling this ongoing green transition, the Nordics have a unique position to take the lead within sustainable mineral and metal production. With collaboration across sectors and value chains, innovation can be accelerated.  

The Nordics Can Be Essential in Making the Green Energy Transition Truly Green

A 2021 report from Nordic Innovation shows that the Nordic region has a large and untapped potential as a sustainable supplier of the raw materials the world needs to become a low-carbon emission society.

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The objectives

The Sustainable Minerals program is one of eight initiatives launched by the five Nordic ministers of trade and industry. The initiatives represent a determined advance towards a stronger and more sustainable Nordic region and support the vision for the Nordic region to be the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030 by focusing on:

  • Raw materials critical for enabling a green Nordic region.
  • Increased circularity and recovery of mineral resources.
  • Life cycle and traceability.
  • Strengthened Nordic mineral ecosystem and value chains to drive the transition.
  • Social responsibility and strategic community involvement of the minerals sector.
  • In long term, new Nordic solutions, technologies, systems and best practices at local and international markets.

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Program partners

The Sustainable Minerals program and the fours project areas are developed in cooperation with: