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7-Year Review of 2nd Wave KICs: EIT RawMaterials. Final Report

This report covers the findings of the 7-year assessment of EIT RawMaterials conducted by White Research and Deloitte. EIT RawMaterials represents the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. It includes 6 Innovation Hubs in Europe, 120 core and associate partners, and over 180 project partners involved across the entire raw materials value chain — from exploration, mining and mineral processing to substitution, recycling, and circular economy. Its goal is to develop innovative solutions for the cost-effective, low carbon, and environmentally friendly exploration, extraction, processing, use, re-use, recycling, and end-of-life management of raw materials.

This KIC was established in response to the challenges posed by the need for raw materials, upon which modern European society depends, by ensuring accessibility, availability, and sustainable use of raw materials needed for the EU economy. All this while achieving a resource-efficient economy that meets the needs of a growing population within the ecological limits of a finite planet. To reach these goals, EIT RawMaterials funds new projects and businesses working on the substitution of critical, toxic and low-performing materials, reducing environmental impact and supply dependencies.

EIT RawMaterials’ partners are set to address societal challenges such as the renewal of the raw materials supply chains to make it more sustainable and aligned with the broader EU Green Deal objectives, and the radical shift from a linear to a circular economy to reduce dependency on raw materials supply and create sustainable growth. To tackle these challenges, this KIC will work towards its three main objectives: securing raw materials supply, closing materials loops, and designing materials solutions that enable the transition to a carbon-neutral Europe.

As the first seven-year Framework Partnership Agreements for EIT Health and EIT RawMaterials draw to a close, a mid-term review was necessary to assess the achievements of the KICs compared with what was promised in their proposals, Strategic Agendas, Business Plans and grant reports. More specifically, the assessment reviewed all areas of activities relevant for a KIC. In accordance with requirements in the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda, Article 12 of the Partnership Agreement, and Articles 10 and 11 of the EIT Regulation, a comprehensive assessment was conducted in line with the standards put forth by the Better Regulation Guidelines and the criteria for European Partnerships set out in the Horizon Europe Regulation.