An EU research group is creating a certification method for raw materials as part of a push to sustainably mine the metals needed for Europe’s clean energy transition. There are certification schemes for textiles, food and sustainable timber, “so why not for other raw materials such as the metals we need for batteries,” asks Dr Andreas Hucke, expert on transparency for the new certification method, CERA.

The project, due for completion in 2021, aims to investigate a raw material all along its production chain – from prospecting, to mining, refining and manufacturing.

According to Lukas Förster, a mining engineer on the project: “We want to show that each step of the value chain is carried out in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way.”

Like other certifications such as Fairtrade, the vision is to have a final stamp on an end product.

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