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.

The team members come from different parts of Europe and are supported by a global Advisory Board. With this worldwide and experienced network, the project benefits from decade of deep and extensive practical knowledge.

Dr. Andreas Hucke

DMT GmbH & Co KG, Germany

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Name: Dr. Andreas Hucke

Institution/Division: Mining Consulting and Engineering

Position/work field: Head of Strategy Project Transparency, authorized expert on mining

Senior Expert with more than 20 years’ experience in Mining Industry. Andreas Hucke holds a diploma in Geology and a PhD from Bochum Ruhr University. Starting his career in the field of rock burst prevention in coal deep mining. Since 15 years expert on mining safety authorized by mining authority. Over the year’s different projects in rock mechanics, support technologies and mine safety. Leader and/or coordinator of various R&D-Projects from the federal state and EC. Many years head of several projects in the frame of disposal facilities for atomic waste. Since 3 years responsible for the Strategy Project Transparency at DMT.

Rainer Winter


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Name: Rainer Winter

Institution/division: Business Development

Position: Head International Projects Environment and Climate Change

Within TÜV NORD CERT, Mr. Winter is responsible for International business development in the fields of sustainability, environment and climate change. Beyond this he is active as an auditor in various certification schemes, such as ISO 140001, ISO 50001, EMAS, EU-ETS etc.

Prof. Frank Melcher

University Leoeben, Austria

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Name: Univ.-Prof. Mag. rer.nat. Dr. mont. Frank Melcher

Institution/Division: Department of Applied Geosciences and Geophysics / Montanuniversität Leoben

Position/work field: Head of the Chair of Geology and Economic Geology

Univ.-Prof. Mag. rer.nat. Dr. mont. Frank Melcher holds a diploma in Earth Sciences from Innsbruck University and a PhD from the Montanuniversität Leoben. During his enrollment with the BGR (2000 until 2013), he was also responsible for the development of the Analytical Fingerprinting Method (AFP) for the 3T's. Today the focus at the Chair of Geology and Economic Geology is the characterization of ore deposits with state of the art methods like LA-ICP-MS, SEM or optical microscopy with image processing and statistical evaluation of the analytical data.

Rene Kleijn

University Leiden, Netherlands

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Name: Rene Kleijn

Institution/division: Institute of Environmental Sciences- Leiden University

Position:Director of education / associate professor

René Kleijn holds an MSc in chemistry and a PhD in Industrial Ecology both from Leiden University. He is now an associate professor at Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University and the Director of Education of the joint Leiden Delft master programme in Industrial Ecology.

Niklas Grönberg

LTU Business, Sweden

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Name: Niklas Grönberg

Position/workfield: Management consultant, specialist within innovation management

Niklas Grönberg is management consultant at LTU Business AB and specializes in innovation. He works primarily with commercialization strategies for early innovations, focusing on both researchers and companies as well as other organizations. He has an educational background from Germany and Stockholm within business, and in recent years he has worked as Strategy Consultant globally.

Dr. Babak Sadighi

Institution/Division: Blockchain Innovation Center at RISE

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Name: Dr. Babak Sadighi

Dr. Sadighi has a Ph.D. in IT Security and background as a researcher and entrepreneur in this field. Since 2017, Dr. Sadighi is the director of the Blockchain Innovation Center at RISE with a focus on applications of blockchain in various domains. The team is currently working on various projects related traceability and sustainability of materials.


To ensure the credibility of CERA, the team behind the project consists of professional and experienced members, each of which bring highly specialised and unique knowledge in their field. Each team member brings with it unique experience and perspective.  

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Consortium Description with role and strength of partners

The consortium consists of partners with high expertise and long-term experience in mining consulting and engineering as well as the development of certification systems and the execution of certification processes. Further members of the consortium are managing a close network with entities of the consumer goods industry. Additionally, an advisory board is in place to ensure that the stakeholder’s interest’s will be taken into account throughout the project. The consortium and advisory board members are as follows:

Universiteit Leiden

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is an institute of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. The department of Industrial Ecology of CML conducts fundamental and policy-oriented research in the area of the use and management of natural resources and the impacts of resource use on the environment. CML-IE research projects include both methodology development and application on various fields. CML-IE has been at the cradle of the development of Life Cycle Assessment, presently broadening it to Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis. Also methods such as Material Flow Analysis and Accounting and Environmentally Extended Input-Output analysis belong to the CML-IE core expertise. Application of these methods has taken place in the field of metals and minerals, food, biofuels, and various product groups such as paints, additives, nutrients and many others. Dr. René Kleijn is the key person involved on the part of Universiteit Leiden.

Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL)

Montanuniversität Leoben is well known as one of the best technical universities undertaking high-quality research focused along the added value chain, from the extraction of raw materials and their preparation, material and product development, production processes and recycling. The different research areas of Montanuniversität embrace research and development for small medium enterprises (SMEs) and for industry as well as for public institutions. MU Leoben has a major focus in natural resources, mining and tunneling. The areas of experience and expertise cover the range from exploration to mining, processing, and product manufacturing back to recycling. The Chair of Geology and Economic Geology specializes on the application of geological, mineralogical, geochemical and statistical methods in mineral exploration, deposit and ore characterization. Key person involved in the project is Prof. Dr. Frank Melcher



DMT, as lead partner, is a private limited company under German law (DMT GmbH & Co. KG). DMT is EIT Raw Materials core partner allocated to CLC Eastern. As lead partner, DMT is responsible for the coordination and governance structure of the project. In particular, DMT is a service provider for the international mining industry with customers in mainly all relevant mining regions worldwide. Therefore, DMT has explicit expertise in mining consulting and engineering and is engaged in the preparation of bankable feasibility studies and the execution of environmental and occupational health and safety related audits. It is also managing a global network with offices in multiple international locations.

On the part of DMT the key person involved is Dr. Andreas Hucke.


Over 150 years of experience in mining consulting and engineering (DMT)


TNC is a renowned world-wide active organisation in the field of certification and verification. They have been active for about a decade in certification of sustainability-related criteria e.g. social standards SA8000, BSCI, sustainable materials (e.g. FSC, PEFC, ISCC), and Climate Change. As an accredited certification body in the field of raw materials TÜV NORD Group is looking for strategic expansion of its activities to provide reliable information for customers and companies to enable informed choices and contribute to the sustainability related performance within the respective host countries. TÜV NORD Group provides unique experience in mining and certification related aspects of a sustainable resource management.
The key person of the TNC involved in the project is Mr. Rainer Winter.


Extensive expertise in the field of auditing and certification in over 70 countries for more than 140 years (TÜV Nord CERT)

LTU Business

LTU Business AB is the largest innovation management company in northern Scandinavia. In addition to being the official Technology Transfer Office and Industry Liaison Office for Luleå University of Technology, we serve clients from both private and public sector. Today we hold a thirty-five year track record of running industry collaboration efforts and student programs in order to create growth in both SME:s and large companies in northern Sweden, an industry oriented region where several raw materials related companies are started every year. Each year LTU Business performs analyzes of over 200 ideas sprung from the academy and private sector, and we teach our best practices and core method Innovation Due Diligence to innovation managers in Sweden and internationally. Our broad experience in innovation and business development have made us a trusted partner for innovation management on the international arena including numerous European projects in industry sectors including mining, renewable energy, ICT and more. Key person involved in the CERA project is Niklas Grönberg.


RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programmes with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,700 employees engage in and support all types of innovation processes. RISE is an independent, State-owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services. Dr. Babak Sadighi is the key person involved on the part of RISE.



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. Preferably, the board will consist of members representing multiple stages of the value chain of mineral resources. Advisory Board members will participate in periodical meetings, review and comment interim reports and bring individual views and needs into the discussion.


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Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics. By making a phone, Fairphone is opening up the supply chain and creating new relationships between people and their products. Additionally, they are making a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first. Fairphone started in 2010 as a project of Waag Society, Action Aid and Schrijf-Schrijf to raise awareness about conflict minerals in consumer electronics and the wars that the mining of these minerals is fueling in the DR Congo. The campaign and related research ran for three years. Key person involved in the project on the part of Fairphone is Laura Gerritsen.


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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.


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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 person involved on the part of the Joint Research Centre is Winfried Ottoy.


Winfried Ottoy has been working since 2008 at the European Commissions' Joint Research Centre on the implementation and monitoring of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The Kimberley Process aims to stem the flow of rough diamonds to prevent them fuelling conflicts. As EU representative he took part in several peer reviews in West- and Central-Africa offering an insight in challenges in implementing a certification scheme in the field.




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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.




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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.




The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

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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.




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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.

Currently, Volkswagen AG, Euromines, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Fairphone, University South Denmark (USD) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have agreed on participation in the project.


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.

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