ROTATE’s ambition is to tap the full potential of minerals extraction and processing in a sustainable and ecological way, developing the needed technologies and tools for achieving zero emissions and pollution for essential and critical raw materials obtention and ensuring a circular approach by implementing mechanisms for waste valorisation. ROTATE project also aims at providing a wholistic solution to the challenge, answering to a complex societal challenge by expecting to achieve the Social Licence to Operate in all the Mining and Quarrying sites of the project.
ROTATE’S general objective is to achieve a near zero emissions and pollution obtention of raw materials, providing new tools for the mining industry in its journey to a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable mineral extraction. The solutions proposed in the project will allow to improve the cut-off grade while reducing the environmental footprint of the whole process and at the same time addressing the complex societal challenge of achieving social acceptance and citizen engagement.
ROTATE’s will deliver specific methods and/or technologies aiming to overcome the reluctance of social agents to the exploitation of Critical Raw Materials (CRM) deposits thanks to the environmental impact reduction achieved and the integration of social perspectives in the process. This will result in an increase of the CRM sites that could be exploited in a future, boosting the access of EU to strategic CRM and enabling the development of the Renewables, e-mobility and Defence & Space sectors. In addition, ROTATE expects to increase the social acceptance and citizen awareness on the importance of CRM for our daily lives.