Industrial minerals and metal ores can only be extracted from their naturally occurring geological locations, which means they must be transported to market and considerable up-front investment is needed before revenues start to flow and returns can be made.

Therefore, the mining industry;

  1. integrates the management of its environmental impacts across all the phases of the mine-life (exploration, development, operation and closure);
  2. promotes integrated materials management throughout the metals and minerals value chain to minimise risks to the environment;
  3. is particularly affected by environmental legislation that affects management of land and development costs (permitting, construction, energy, transport etc).

Euromines promotes best practice in the above areas by preparing guidance for industry and contributing to EU Guidance on a variety of topics, including biodiversity and land-use planning; classification & labelling; materials stewardship; acid and neutral drainage; management of tailings and waste rock; setting of groundwater quality standards; reporting of dust emissions etc.
Euromines is continuously engaged in constructive dialogue with the European Commission to assert the industry's views and positions – particularly on the EU Raw Materials Initiative, Natura 2000, REACH1 , the Mine Waste Directive, the Water Framework Directive, E-PRTR2  and the proposed Soil Framework Directive.

1Regulation (EC)1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals
2Regulation (EC) 166/2006 on the EU Pollutant Release and Transfer Register 

Good Practice Guidance for Mining and Biodiversity
Book 101 Things to do with a hole in the ground
Mine Waste Directive
Global Acid Rock Drainage Guide
Water Framework Directive Guidance Documents
REACH Fact Sheets
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Euromines – REACH

Euromines Position on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Trading System