Third edition, 27/10/2016

On the 18th October, the ProSUM Project Consortium hosted its second annual Information Network event in Brussels. Through our Information Network we aim to engage with stakeholders in the project. Three annual IN events, the last one in 2017, are planned under the framework of ProSUM. This special edition of the newsletter provides an overview of the latest event and we would like to thank all attendees for their active participation and invaluable feedback.

ProSUM Information Network Event - a useful day! 

More than seventy people, from the WEEE, batteries, ELV, mining and government sectors, attended the ProSUM event at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels. Presentations were given by members of the ProSUM consortium outlining the steps taken to harmonise data gathering and develop a new classification system, and early insights were shared on data collated for batteries, ELV, mining wastes and WEEE. Thomas Marinelli, Philips, and Christer Forsgren, Stena Metall, gave industry perspectives on the need for better data. Lie Heymans from the European Commission also talked about datarequirements and the EU materials knowledge base.

Stakeholders shared their thoughts on how they want to collaborate as part of the IN and communicated their needs regarding the data and intelligence that could be provided by ProSUM. Break-out groups and surveys enhanced the dialogue between the ProSUM Consortium and our stakeholders and potential end-users of the EU-UMKDP (Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform) and the IN. The output of these discussions will be put to good use to help shape the services on offer for you to access data and intelligence in future.


New classification system for products, waste and their composition. Provide your feedback! 

The ProSUM Consortium have developed a new classification system to define, harmonise and classify data for all relevant products, waste streams and their composition. A consultation report has been produced to get feedback from stakeholders on:

  • The definitions used to describe the data model;
  • Uniform classifications and correlation tables; and
  • Harmonised descriptions of data quality, uncertainty and the handling of metadata.

Please provide your feedback to Hina Habib at UNU ( before the 4th November.

Help us extend the ProSUM Information Network!

We have just registered our 200th member, but we want more! We kindly ask you to help us extend the ProSUM Information Network. Register on the website, contact your peers and let them know about the project, registration is open to all types of stakeholders! We are particularly interested in hearing from component manufacturers in the EEE and automotive sectors.


Access the presentations and pictures from the ProSUM IN event. 

We would like to thank all stakeholders for attending and actively participating during the sessions, your feedback as potential users of the UKMDP is crucial for the project! You will find the presentations and pictures of the event on the project's website.

ProSUM Information Network - call for participation in a Special Interest Group on Sampling and Analysis. 

Reference methods for chemical analysis that produce comparable results are an important prerequisite for prospecting secondary raw materials (SRM) in the urban mine. Standardised methods already exist for well-established matrices, such as ores or soils. This is not the case for complex solid products like Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), waste batteries, or end-of-life vehicles (ELV), which have both a high mass fraction of metals and a large number of elements.

Become an active part of our network and contribute to raising awareness and identifying best available sampling, sample preparation and chemical analysis methodologies for complex solid products, components and waste fractions. Join the ProSUM Special Interest Group (SIG) and participate in our surveys. All information and results will be distributed to all registered members! 

Please note that in order to register for a SIG you need to be part of the ProSUM Information Network first. You can register to join the IN here.

Find the brochure for the call for participation for this SIG here.


Volunteer to test the future UMKDP!

During the IN event,  the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières made a request to participants. During the second quarter of 2017, the first version of the UMKDP will be ready for testing. ProSUM partners want to collect feedback from end-users. If you would you like to participate in the testing of the UMKDP, please contact us!