Extractive raw materials belong to the group of abiotic raw materials which are mined as metals or minerals. Due to their long geological formation they are non-renewable resources on a human timescale. Extractive raw materials are the basis of our economic development and from the basic inputs of our consumption goods. Global economic development and rapid rise in population increased demand and pressure on globally mined raw materials. Besides price advances and supply shortfalls, mining and further processing of raw materials is associated with considerable environmental impacts and social conflicts. In different projects ifeu analysis the ecological dimension of raw material supply and provides advice to national and international institutions.