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10 December 2010

MPA Sustainable Development Report 2010: Industry’s SD Commitment Remains Strong Despite Economic Downturn

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published its Sustainable Development Report 2010 which shows how, in spite of very difficult market conditions, the industry has continued to invest in sustainability and its performance in several key areas has improved.

Highlights from the Sustainable Development Report 2010 are set out below:

  • MPA members achieved the five-year Hard Target of halving reportable injuries by 2009. The actual reduction since 1999 is 83%.
  • The proportion of aggregate, asphalt and ready-mixed concrete sites covered by certified environmental management systems increased to 81%, 84% and 80% respectively. 100% of cement plants are certified to EMS.
  • The cement industry recorded a 58% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions between 1990 and 2009.
  • Use of recycled aggregates further increased to achieve a market share of 28% compared with 10% in 2000. This market share is more than three times higher than the European average.
  • The overall use of aggregates per capita in GB is over 30% lower than the European average. Cement use in GB is 60% lower than the European average on a per capita basis.
  • The industry planted over 313,000 trees and 14.4 kilometres of hedgerows in 2009 compared with 129,000 trees and 9 kilometres of hedgerows the previous year.
  • Complaints recorded by aggregates operations fell from 524 to 385 in 2009, while the number of liaison groups rose from 240 to 283.

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA, said: “There is now a growing sense of excitement about the industry’s potential to deliver sustainable solutions by not just contributing to targets but by being the prime driver in many areas. These include the sector’s work on improving biodiversity and providing materials that will significantly reduce carbon emissions from buildings.

“However, there are inevitably some areas in which our capacity to improve our sustainability is a being frustrated. A more effective mineral planning system is particularly essential if we are maintain the steady supply of products that society needs. We also have continuing concerns about the cumulative impacts of both regulation and taxation. Our cement members are increasingly concerned by the myriad of market measures in Europe and the UK to reduce carbon emissions.

“The challenge is to tackle these issues and continue to meet society’s demands and needs, while raising the bar for sustainability performance even higher. But with our industry already so central to UK sustainability, it is a challenge MPA members are ready for.”

The 2010 Report demonstrates the mineral products industry’s commitment to the principles of sustainable development and willingness to work with the UK Government to support this top priority. It provides further evidence of how the constantly evolving built environment is heavily dependent on mineral products and how this industry is also contributing greatly to the challenges that arise from climate change, as well as leading in the fields of recycling, restoration and biodiversity.

Nigel Jackson added “Government needs to recognize the industry’s progress in operational and environmental performance. Mineral products issues should be central to Government delivery of its aspirations for the natural and built environment.”

Download the Sustainable Development Report 2010 here. Visit the sustainability microsite here.

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