Objectives of this work package are a quantitative assessment of the sustainability of the novel technologies; and optimization of the developed technologies according to environmental and economic criteria. 

Work package leader is Bio-IS, while the contributing partners are Aurubis, BRGM, GEOS, KGHM, and UVR-FIA.


  • Establishment of data collection procedures and interactions with partners of WP 1 to 3

  • Process integration

  • Impact assessment of mining residues

  • Life cycle analysis

  • Economic analysis

  • Design for sustainability

  • Compliance with current environmental regulations


  • Life Cycle Inventory of emissions from black shale mining and mineral processing residues

  • Report on the impact assessment of black shale mining and mineral processing residues in a “do-nothing” context

  • Process flow sheet including consistent environmental data

  • Process simulator extended to environmental and economic dimensions. Two targeted conferences: SME congress and International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC).

  • Full report on LCA

  • Design for sustainability: publication in an international journal and/or participation to a conference

Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie

Halsbrücker Str. 34
09599 Freiberg, Germany


BRGM - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières

avenue Claude Guillemin, BP 36009
45060 Orléans Cedex 2, France


EcoMetals is a transnational research project aiming at the development of innovative biohydrometallurgical processes for the extraction of copper and other (associated) metals from coppershale.. The project receives funding from the French ANR (L’Agence nationale de la recherche) and the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) under the reference number 033RF001.

In total, 17 partners from science and industry collaborate in this project. Start of the project was in February 2014 and it will run until June 2017. 

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