About CERA

The CERA Standard will ensure environmental, social and economic sustainability of all raw materials through the value chain.

Our Network of Competence

The CERA team consists of universities and independent audit and consulting companies which bring in different competencies which are highly relevant for the certification of mineral resources and chain of custody.

Frank Melcher

Specialist for evaluation and development of analytical proof of origin methods for mineral raw materials.

"As an economic geologist, I greatly enjoy the interdisciplinary approach to certification offered by CERA."

Susan van den Brink

Specialist for analysis of raw material supply chains / analysis of a dynamic approach towards mining

"Since working at CERA I'm more aware of the importance of minerals in our everyday life."

Ulrich Hochheimer

Specialist for evaluation of mineral processing methods / development of implementation details

"The development of CERA is an exciting collaboration of many different engineering disciplines."

Erik Rissanen

Blockchain technologist

"Sustainability of raw materials production is an important issue to solve, which makes CERA a very meaningful project for me to participate in."

Niklas Grönberg

Expert for market development / business modelling

"Being a part of CERA supports our efforts to enable a sustainable future of the Raw Materials industry."

Nadine Kohl

Expert for strategic project development / certification scheme design

"I am convinced CERA can make a decisive contribution to more sustainability in the raw materials sector."

Lukas Förster

Specialist for risk assessment for the extraction, processing and refining of raw materials worldwide

"I am very enthusiastic about the interdisciplinary nature of CERA, which enables us to achieve a comprehensive applicability of the system."

Valentina Dietrich

Expert for evaluating and developing analytical proof of origin methods for mineral raw materials

"CERA is a perfect opportunity to participate in the development of the raw materials industry."

Andreas Backs

Expert for CERA certification scheme and respective standards development

"CERA addresses some of the most pressing issues of our current society – scarcity of responsibly sourced raw materials as well as social well-being."

Susanne Günzerodt

Sustainability Standard Expert

"Since I have been involved in the CERA project, I started to look at the raw material side of things."

Andreas Hucke

Expert for strategic project development

"CERA makes an important contribution to more sustainability."

Rene Kleijn

Specialist for analysis of raw material supply chains / analysis of a dynamic approach towards mining

"CERA offers the opportunity to implement the vague concept of responsible sourcing in a practical framework of certification."

Advisory Board

This advisory board will assist the project for instance in terms of advisory and providing general information and references on processes along various stages of the value chain from production to end consumer.


Euromines is the recognized representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry. The members' main objective is to promote the industry and maintain their relations with European institutions at all levels. Euromines provides services to its members with regard to EU policy and forms a network for cooperation and the exchange of information throughout the sector within Europe. The association also supports contacts with the mining community throughout the world. Euromines members are large and small companies who with their subsidiaries in Europe and in other parts of the world provide jobs to more than 350,000 people. Their activities and operations produce more than 42 different metals and minerals. For some metals and minerals, Europe is the world's leading producer. The association is based in Brussels and holds membership meetings twice a year. Its committees and working groups meet regularly throughout the year. Euromines also follows trade and investment issues for the mining industry both inside and outside of Europe. The key person involved on the part of Euromines is Deputy Director Mr. Johannes Drielsma.

Infinity Lithium

Infinity Lithium is an Australian listed minerals company who is seeking to develop the San Jose Industrial Lithium Project located in Spain. The project will be developed by open pit methods with the ore treated and refined onsite to produce high quality, battery grade lithium hydroxide. Infinity’s goal in the long term is to supply the European lithium-ion battery supply chain and EV industry. Regional lithium production is needed in order to de-risk the strategic European EV supply chain. Infinity offers a sustainable, integrated, low-cost, large and long term source of lithium chemicals.

Joint Research Centre (JRC)

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The key persons involved on the part of the Joint Research Centre are Adamo Uboldi and Domenico Perrotta.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of five regional commissions under the administrative direction of United Nations headquarters. UNECE's major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member States in Europe, North America and Asia. However, all interested United Nations member States may participate in the work of UNECE. Over 70 international professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations take part in UNECE activities.

As a multilateral platform, UNECE facilitates greater economic integration and cooperation among its member countries and promotes sustainable development and economic prosperity through:

  • policy dialogue,
  • negotiation of international legal instruments,
  • development of regulations and norms,
  • exchange and application of best practices as well as economic and technical expertise,
  • technical cooperation for countries with economies in transition. organizations and other non-governmental organizations take part in UNECE activities.

One work field of UNECE is the area of sustainable energy.

This work is designed to improve access to affordable and clean energy for all and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector in the region. It promotes international policy dialogue and cooperation among governments, energy industries and other stakeholders.  The focus is on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels, renewable energy, coal mine methane, natural gas, classification of energy and mineral reserves and resources, and energy security. Key person involved in the project on the part of UNECE is Mr. Harikrishnan Tulsidas.

University of Southern Denmark

University of Southern Denmark is represented by Dr. Knud Sinding, mineral economist with a geology and business studies background. Mr. Sinding is involved in the development of certification schemes focusing mainly on North America, and will bring his specific Canadian and US-American expertise into this project. Due to the geographical focus he has a visiting professorship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Key person involved in the project on the part of USD is Dr. Knud Sinding.


The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity on the market.

The product spectrum ranges from motorcycles to small cars and luxury vehicles. The Group operates 123 production plants in 20 European countries and a further 11 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. 664,496 employees worldwide produce vehicles, and work in vehicle-related services or other fields of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries. With the future program TOGETHER – Strategy 2025 announced in 2016, the Volkswagen Group aim to make the Group more focused, efficient, innovative, customer-oriented and sustainable, and systematically geared towards generating profitable growth. The program creates the framework for the Group’s vision of being one of the world’s leading providers of sustainable mobility.

The Volkswagen Group is therefore resolutely pursuing its transformation. By maintaining the course, the Group will continue to shape individual mobility in the future.

About the initiator

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.