THE EUROPEAN INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP ON RAW MATERIALS (EIP ON RAW MATERIALS)

The European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP-RM) is a stakeholder platform under the European Commission DG GROW that brings together representatives from industry, public services, academia and NGOs. The platform provides high-level guidance to the European Commission, Members States and private actors on innovative approaches to the challenges related to raw materials.

The scope of the EIP-RM covers non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials used for industrial purpose, including minerals and aggregates, wood and natural rubber-based materials. This EIP was set up with a view to increasing and securing the sustainable supply of Europe’s own raw materials and making Europe a world leader in raw materials exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution by 2020.

As other EIPs, the EIP-RM is not a funding instrument. It aims to bring stakeholders together to join efforts, exchange and/or create innovation ideas, and partner in projects which produce concrete deliverables and help achieve systemic change in the European research and development and innovation landscape. 

The EIP's Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), approved in September 2013, sets out the EIP’s specific objectives and targets as well as the necessary actions to achieve them. FTP together with CEPI and CEI-Bois were actively involved in the preparation process of the SIP.

Further to approval of the SIP, the EIP launched an open Call for Commitments. A Commitment is a joint undertaking by different parties to cooperate and take actions that will contribute to achieving the objectives of the SIP. 

Recognised forest-based sector-related Raw Materials Commitments are European Hardwoods Innovation Alliance (EHIA), Enhancing the cascade use of wood by integrating an intensified mobilisation of forest resources (ECAMOB), Sustainable woody feedtstocks for bioeconomy (SWEETSTOCK), Competitive and environgentle jun-in-time forestry (GENTLE) and Introduction and improvement of separate paper collection to avoid landfilling and incineration (IMPACT).

Governance

The EIP’s High Level Steering Group (HLSG) provides strategic direction for the EIP-RM. It updates the SIP and promotes the activities of the EIP at EU and national level.

The Operational Groups’ (OGs) main task is to provide expert advice to the HLSG to convert the SIP into tasks and actions. Five different OGs have been established according to the different subjects, including one for biotic raw materials. OG members are drawn from European industry, academia, and Member State civil services.

More informatino on the EIP Raw Materials here