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  • Minerals are crucial for the development of modern, environmentally-friendly technologies (including water and gas treatment) and downstream products such as electric cars, photovoltaic solar cells and wind turbines
  • Minerals producers develop, often in close collaboration with downstream industries, innovative applications that prolong the lives of products by improving their functionalities, quality and energy efficiency

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  • Resource efficiency in the minerals sector encompasses all aspects of a product’s life cycle, from efficient extraction, processing through manufacturing, usage and end-of-life and recycling
  • The minerals sector is continuously seeking more resource efficient solutions in close collaboration with downstream industries
  • Minerals are essential ingredients in greener products and technologies
  • Up to 50% of minerals consumed in Europe are recycled along with the glass, paper, plastic, concrete,… that contain them

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• Mineral extraction and biodiversity are compatible
• Mines and quarries offer ideal habitats to many rare and endangered species
• European quarry operators follow sound principles of sustainable development
• Sites often work closely with nature conservationists and scientific bodies in rehabilitation activities
• Quarry operations offer win-win solutions for business & biodiversity
• Restored quarry sites often become part of the Natura 2000 network

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  • Europe counts about 30.000 active quarries, mines and plants, providing direct employment for around 500.000 people (up to one million including contractors)
  • Quarries and mines are often situated in remote locations, providing employment for the local community and contributing to regional economic development
  • Sites also develop community collaboration plans to foster activities such as school visits, create foundations to support local community projects or partner with local NGO’s to support the underprivileged

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  • Safety is a number one priority in the extractive sector
  • The sector actively stimulates the reduction of workplace injuries through the exchange of best practices
  • Several industry-wide initiative have been launched to improve the sector’s health and safety performance

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