climate change

The mineral products industry covers a broad span of industrial activities which range from energy-intensive processes like manufacture of cement and lime to the production of aggregates and ready-mixed concrete involving relatively low emissions per unit of production. There is universal acceptance right across the industry of the need to control and reduce its carbon footprint. Progress to date in the cement sector has been particularly encouraging with a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide per tonne of cement manufactured of 21% between 1998 and 2012. Other areas of the industry each have their own initiatives.

While manufacturing and delivering our products inevitably generates carbon, the products themselves often have important roles to play in actually tackling climate change. Concrete structures, for example, have unique thermal mass characteristics that help to moderate temperature changes in buildings and reduce the need for air conditioning. Mineral products will be an integral part of the low-carbon energy generation capacity that will be developed over the next decade and are equally in the front line in the battle to resist floods and to hold back rising sea levels.

I want to pay huge tribute to your industry for being not just way ahead of the rest of the world here in the UK in thinking seriously about re-use, recycling and how to use resources better, but also about how to reduce your carbon footprint and how to ensure the impact on climate change of this essential industry can be minimised.”

Lord Smith, Chairman, Environment Agency