EU Policy on Natural Resources (POLINARES)

The POLINARES project aims to identify the main global challenges relating to competition for access to resources (oil, gas and minerals) and to propose new approaches to collaborative solutions. The research is divided into five work packages, focusing on (1) establishing a theoretical framework for understanding the sources of conflict and tension, (2) estimating the future availability and requirement for oil, gas and key minerals, (3) the implications of this for current and future conflict and tension, (4) establishing a framework for formulating policy approaches and (5) identifying and evaluating approaches for the future.

Fraunhofer ISI is mainly involved in Work Package 2 (WP2), which is led by the BGR. Within WP2, Fraunhofer ISI is contributing to the selection of key non-energy mineral raw materials (focus on metals) to be studied in more detail and advancing the understanding of how technological change may affect the demand for selected metals looking up to 2040. These results will then be combined with information on raw material availability and on demand increases arising from economic growth, as delivered by the project partners in WP2.


01/2010 - 12/2012


  • EU (DG Research)


  • University of Dundee (Coordination) – Scotland

  • Clingendael International Energy Programme – The Netherlands

  • Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR) – Germany

  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – France

  • ENERDATA – France

  • Raw Materials Group – Sweden

  • University of Westminster – England

  • Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei – Italy / Belgium

  • Gulf Research Centre Foundation – Switzerland

  • The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies – The Netherlands

  • Osrodek Studiow Wschodnich – Poland