WP7 – ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
BRGM (lead), UPM, 3GSM, VA Erzberg GmbH, InvestorNet, LTU, Maxam, Minpol, MUL, MINERA ORGIVA, TU
7.1. LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS SET-UP
BRGM (lead), UPM, 3GSM, ERZBERG, GATE2GROWTH, LTU, MAXAM, MINPOL, MUL, ORGIVA, TUG
The goal and scope of the LCA is prepared and discussed with the partners. The limits of the system under study are
defined in terms of downstream processes (comminution steps, separation steps,). The specific objectives of the LCA
are agreed after discussion with partners. The LCA may focus on accounting all environmental burdens associated to
the new technologies or focus on comparing new technologies to a “reference” technology.
7.2. LIFE CYCLE INVENTORY AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT
BRGM (lead), MAXAM, ARNO, ERZBERG, ORGIVA, LTU, GATE2GROWTH
This task aims at gathering all environmental data to be used in the LCA of the system defined in 7.1. and to perform
the impact assessment. The system is modelled according to the approach chosen (attributional or consequential). It includes the production
of explosives, sensors, monitoring, their transport to the mine site, their use, and their potential effects on downstream
processes. The environmental data include, for each of these steps, the consumption of natural resources (minerals,
water, energy carriers), the emissions to air, water, soil (NOx, nitrates, fly dust, etc.), the disturbances (noise, vibrations).
The question of the effect of the new technologies on the quantity of mining waste arising will be particularly cared
about, as these waste represent a source of future emissions, land use, disturbance of the countryside, etc. Data will be
collected particularly from the on-site experiments made in WP6.
The data is fed into an LCA database (like Ecoinvent), documented and reviewed by their providers.
The selection of impact assessment (IA) methods is made. Conventional LCA software offer a number of possibilities,
and decisions must be taken and justified to use a method according to the objectives of the study. Some environmental
interventions, like disturbances, are not characterised in IA. These will be taken into account using other techniques,
like monetisation. Mining and quarrying.
7.3. LIFE CYCLE INTERPRETATION
The LCA results are explained by reference to the choices and hypothesis made (system definition, IA). A sensitivity
analysis is conducted to determine the most important environmental pressure contributing to the impacts. The LCA
study is reviewed by external experts. A scientific paper will be produced.
7.4. COST-BENEFIT-ANALYSIS (CBA) PERFORMANCE
The task leader will design the framework for different type of cost-benefits analysis including identifying the
geographical reach and time frame of each analysis. Based on the experiences from the conducted cost benefit analysis
an “easy to use” manual for similar analysis will be produced.
With input from other WP’s in particular WP2, WP3 and WP6 identification of relevant set of parameters to be included
in the cost benefit analysis including analysis of justification of a range for the discount rate to be applied.
Determination of the socio-economic price (-range) of all set of parameters to be included in the cost-benefit analysis
Development of the relevant model for the cost-benefit analysis, including determination of relevant alternative model
Model calculation, evaluation of results and conclusion, including potential safety and environmental regulatory impact
Manual for conduction of sector specific cost-benefit analysis.
7.5. INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
The task leader will in close contact with the project R & D and industrial partners analyse the partners current innovation
activities, and based on real life feed-back from the partners structure the work to be completed in the following steps:
Identification of innovation centres/structures of the participating R & D and industrial partners
Team identification and goal settings, including development of tailor-made monitoring system and consistent IPR
Structured approach for selecting innovation processes to be further encourages – or stopped.
Implementation and test of a management and monitoring system for innovation management, including criteria for
resource allocation, IPR strategies and secure adequate implementation of “freedom to operate” analysis.
Assessment and adaptation of required changes to management and monitoring system for innovation management.
7.6. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY IDENTIFICATION
The task leader will in close contact with the project industrial partners identify potential relevant business opportunities
derived from the solutions being produced under WP2- WP6
Identification of market needs, key stake holders and potential customers including overview of competing solutions.
Assessment of strategic exploitation strategy for eventual IPR created
Value estimation of sector specific and country specific market potential
Analysis of relevant business models and potential partner strategies for each identified market segment
Business strategies for innovation exploitation, using existing company structures or creation of new structures e.g. vis
Simulation of financial implication of alternative business models and market strategies
Summary of findings and conclusions
Manual for practical business opportunity identification
7.7. EXPLOITATION AND APPLICATION STRATEGY AND OPEN ACCESS
The task leader will at exploitation workshops discuss findings and conclusions from task 7.6 in order to get a partner
relevant input for structuring the a discussion/decisions about implementation of relevant exploitation strategies:
Three exploitation workshops will be carried out. One within the first 6 month of the project, and the remaining 2 to
be placed according to needs
According the project result needs, support the developing of individual business exploitation strategies including
associated business models and funding requirements.
Secure open access to exploitation and dissemination strategies for non-commercial project results and to methodologies
developed during the project. In particular guidelines for the practical use of Life Cycle Analysis tools and socioeconomic
Cost Benefit analysis will be developed.