Andreas Endl

Andreas Endl

I am a professional for sustainability in the extractives sector. Over the last 10 years I have been working with European policymakers on improving public policy and sustainability.

Location Vienna, Austria


  • INdeed, your thoughts highlight overall that environmental issues should not be tackled in isolation: i.e. local communities will be affectde by conservation efforts. Local authorities and their restoration plans need to be closely worked with to accommodate both actors actions and goals.

  • Thanks for the detailed response!
    AD " sufficient mitigation and compensation": Yes it is definitely difficult to assess and quantify Biodiversity impacts; at the least the policy actions plans for protection outline clear quantitative figures on protection and restoration efforts. How one can contribute and assess a projects contribution/impact is another...

  • Dear Kaushik,

    my comments based on our research on the topic:
    ad 1: two differentiators: Societal licence to operate: the extractive sector as a whole and its operations need to be more environmentally frienly, socially benefitable to host communities and create alliances with stakeholders rather than opposition.
    ad 2: One stop shops in political...

  • Dear Kaushik,

    Thanks for your comments. Maybe you could clarify or explicate a bit more on :
    ad 1: Why contradictory?
    ad 3: i.e. on political - administrative level or public level (i.e. consultations with public / FPIC)
    ad 4: yes indeed, much that has been enforced by law becomes a minimum requirements. However, there are also front runner companies...

  • Hello everyone and welcome to week 5 on permitting (with focus on nature protection and biodiversity conservation).

    Interesting times are ahead of us in Europe: With the passing of the Nature Restoration Law and the proposed European Critical Raw Materials Act, two pieces of legislation havea the potential to fundamentally change how extraction is taking...

  • Hello everyone!
    We have a very interesting online debate coming up: 5 September 2023, from 11:00 to 12:30 CEST.

    “Balancing minerals extraction and nature protection: The implications of the EU Critical Raw Materials Act for Europe’s energy transition” at the upcoming World Resources Forum 2023 in Geneva.

    free virtual access to the online discussion:...

  • @JohnConneally I totally agree. Strong policy solutions that are mandatory. We have seen that voluntary action during the last decades have not brought about the expeted change and positive impact on various fronts.
    However, what we have seen on very sophisticated policy programmes and mandatory instruments (implementation experiences of EU Water Framework...

  • I very much like your end quote! There is not much societal discourse about this statement/idea!

  • Agree, that the situation in other world regions is more severe in terms of impacts. To counter even this trend at least in the EU, The EUropean Commission is planning to release the Corporate socia Due Diligenve Directive. It will be able to hold companies accountable and liable for impacts on human rights and the environment if identified in their supply...

  • I agree, as regards a coherent policy framework the EIA Directive provides a integrated framework considering goals / objectives of other policy actions.

  • I like your differentation on volunatry/facilitating and mandatory policy action! Indeed one of the key considerations for EU and EU MS policy to be effective!

  • Indeed , discharge values and discharge points for Environmental Quality standards where two considerable challenges in our Swedish case! We have not put a lot of details in the course on this, but more is to be read on SUMEX resources here:...

  • Indeed! What we often overlook that extractives competes with other important land uses which in most cases are not complementary!

  • Thanks. Definitely on court cases these two Directives have had the most impact on permit applications during last decade!

  • Hi Kaushik! PLease let us know from energy analytical domain of what is relevant in the course of the MOOC!

  • Hi Adil, Also like to hear about your work and how it applies sustianability thinking in practice!

  • Hallo Monica! Looking forward to hear about your opinion on our sustainbale managment solutions we list in the course!

  • Hi Amrihossein! Thanks for the cudos on what you can benefit on the course! I would be interested to hear from you on how you could apply knowledge from the course in your work!

  • Hi Migle, Welcome from Vienna to Lithuania! INteresting to hear about your thoughts of what "balance" or also "trade-offs" entails for extractive industry practices!

  • Hi Amisi, Interesting to hear some cross-disciplinary insights from the field of social organisation! Certainly a lot to learn and improve based on the theories and methods in your field for the extractive industry!

  • Welcome Adalberto, Very interested to hear about your expertise and analysis about fundamental human rights and how they should be considered in legal and other institutional contexts!

  • Hello Stephan, Interesting to hear your opinion about our practical solutions at the end of each of our weeks!

  • Hi Juvenal, Looking forward to hear some acamdic feedback about recent discourses you are having at your university!

  • Hi Andres, Welcome! Looking forward to hear from you about your experiences on Voluntary Sustainability Standards and their effectiveness to enact change on the ground!

  • Hallo John, Great to have you and would be interested to hear about your feedback on the general understanding of sustainability issues!

  • Hi Roland, Great to have some practitioners on board with big action coming up. Looking forward to your uptodate experiences in the real world!

  • Dear Barcklay, Thanks for joining! We are always interested in also the voice of the experts in the field when it comes to our content! Curious about your perspectives!

  • Hello Zhanar, Indeed lots of experience to share! We look forward to your observations and feedback!

  • Dear Mo, THanks for sharing your perspectives. I can certainly relate to your observation on the divergence between technical engineering knowledge and broad, often only strategic and general objective based , sustainability knowledge. We do our best in the course to bridge this gap and be relatable from a engineering/technical as well as strategic/higher...

  • Dear Monica, Thanks for joining! I share the enthusiasm to connect with like-minded people and experts in this field! Looking forward hearing more from you!

  • Dear Senzo, Thanks for sharing your background! We are looking forward to sharing your experience , in particular, in week 4 on health and safety!

  • Dear Erika, Welcome! I hope you find some examples that are practical and informative for your new career. All the best

  • Dear Elke, THanks for joining! I hope the course provides some interesting new perspectives that help you in your endeavour to prepare the ground for more sustainability topics at the International Mine Water Association

  • Dear Chipo. Thanks for joining! Interesting to hear about different experiences from other contexts!

  • Dear Christoph, Indeed very disruptive ideas in the book. We are always struggling to think in more transformative ways when it comes to practical applications. However, the course tries to bridge these two worlds with several steps targeting both practical and transformative actions.

  • Dear Hanna,
    THanks for joining! We are looking forward to hear also from your first experience in your new job! Best of luck!

  • Hi Jakob. Welcome. I hope you find our practical examples illustrative and forward looking as regards the future for a sustainably managed extractive industry

  • What was the result of the discussion is that there is so many factors to consider what makes extractive projects possible in protected areas: i.e. sensitivity of the area/protection status; regulatory requirements.

  • Thx a lot Martha. Particularly, your reference to our LP approach.

  • thx for the comment. Its indeed a very complex question. There is various was to achieve policy coherence and there is also various levels on which coherence is to be achieved. AD ways: During policy development it is important that new or the revision of e.g. regulatory acts is considered in the update of other related policies (e.g. nature conservation act...

  • Dear Anthony, Thx for the insight. Could you give a bit of background. i.e. professionals i.e. external consultants working for mining companies or public authorities. Company experts working on permitting etc.

  • Thx for the throrough insight. To add to that: In the interview we also heard from Michael , it is fascinating how important company trust and relations to public authorities is . Sometimes even in the "face" of objective scientific investigations and studies.

  • Hi , Jukka thx for the insight on Finland. Maybe also interesting for others to know, can you briefly elaborate why Natura2000 in Finland is a No-Go. What are the factors and conditions that make it a No-Go. thx