Developing policy recommendations for the further development and design of strategic approaches to sustainable and efficient raw material extraction and use (RohPolRess)
The global consumption of mineral raw materials being used for non-energy purposes has risen rapidly over the last decades. This continuing trend not only has negative impacts on those regions directly affected by mining, but also exacerbates global environmental problems such as climate change, land degradation or the loss of biological diversity. At the same time, the revenue from the raw materials sector has a decisive influence on the society and economy of the mining countries. Improving ecological and social standards in mining, improving the governance of the raw materials sector and using resources and materials more efficiently in production and consumption in Germany therefore represent some of the biggest economic, social and ecological challenges of our time. Given this background, Germany has set itself ambitious targets to improve its raw material productivity, which are being pursued as part of its raw materials policy.