During the EIT Raw Materials funding period (2017 - 2021), an advisory board supported the development of the CERA 4in1 certification scheme. This advisory board assisted the project in an advisory capacity and provided general information and guidance on processes along the different stages of the value chain from production to the end consumer.
As a research project, CERA 4in1 received funding from EIT RawMaterials for the period 2017 - 2021. EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and guided entrepreneurship.
EIT RawMaterials unites more than 100 partners – academic and research institutions as well as businesses – from more than 20 EU countries. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure the supplies and improve the raw materials sector all along its value chain – from extraction to processing, from recycling to reuse, substitution toward circular economy.
There are six regional hubs in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Sweden, called Co-location Centers that represent different regional ecosystems connecting business, research and education.
EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation in the raw materials sector by sharing of knowledge, information and expertise: Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and SMEs receive funding and support through large partner network and collaboration activities.
EIT RawMaterials will generate a significant impact on European competitiveness and employment by driving and fostering innovation and empowering students, entrepreneurs and education partners driving toward the circular economy. This will result in the introduction of innovative and sustainable products, processes and services, as well as talented people that will deliver increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to European society.