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    Asociación Nacional de Empresarios Fabricantes de Aridos (ANEFA)

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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.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No. 101058651

Lucía Eguillor

“The objective of ROTATE project is to provide the mining industry with new tools towards a more sustainable extraction of minerals, where social acceptance in the quarries will be key, not only to avoid possible conflicts with local communities, but also to integrate the extractive activity into the local economy and contribute effectively to local development.”

Lucía Eguillor

Expert consultant in the area of Social Innovation

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