These are the MINE.THE.GAP projects
The projects funded under MINE.THE.GAP propose solutions to make the mining and raw material value chain more sustainable and digital.
KA1: Adoption and implementation of innovative technologies oriented to improve the sustainable supply of raw materials from mineral resources and anthropogenic deposits, including innovative exploration technologies or technologies that will boost competitiveness in mining life cycle.
KA2: Eco-friendly technologies and environmental actions to achieve a sustainable mining approach, technologies to mitigate the impact of mining or to reclaim post-operation mining land and/or revitalise the economy of the region.
KA3: Circular economy plans, technologies, methods, analysis and business model (i.e., industrial symbiosis) to be applied at any stage of the operation cycle of raw materials value chain, ensuring an eco-efficient operation of a mining exploitation or related to the circular supply of raw materials.
KA4: Process technologies, advanced manufacturing technologies, robotics, oriented to improve productivity and the efficient use of resources, recovery of raw materials (including co and by-product), recycling technologies or other approaches increasing eco-efficiency in the sector of raw materials.
KA5: Towards the digitalisation of the raw materials sector. Innovative technologies to be applied into mining, processing, smelting operations that improve SMEs competitiveness, contribute to an efficient use of resources, reduction of emissions, or ensure safe operations.
KA6: Advanced training skills, methods, technologies and occupational safety innovative measures for the workers oriented to improve the operations and attract or recover jobs in a new transformed sector essential for the Just Transition.
KA7: Cross-cutting topics, highlighting the importance of new business models, new financial and investment methodologies for the raw materials sector, forefront methods or exploration data bases for low environmental impact exploration, and methods to improve public perception of mining and processing/metallurgy in addition to legislative obligations in order to better gain the social acceptance