resource efficiency

  2013 2014
Waste recovered as raw materials and fuels by cement industry at kiln sites (t) 1,452,553 1,612,584

Making the most efficient use of all resources is an objective for the sector and an issue of increasing significance for customers and clients. The use of recycled and secondary materials in the aggregates sector has increased to an estimated market share of 28 per cent compared with ten per cent 20 years ago. The volume of supply has fallen as construction and aggregates markets have declined in the recession - less development means less demolition and a reduced supply of hard construction and demolition waste for recycling.

The industry has continued to work on the development of waste protocols with WRAP and the Environment Agency to ensure that materials are not prevented from being used in construction markets as an unintended consequence of waste regulations.

The cement industry has a strong record in this area and in 2013 the cement industry used 1.5 million tonnes of wastes and by-products as fuel and raw materials. At the same time all process waste was recovered for use back in the cement manufacturing process and in other off-site recovery activities. Zero process waste was sent to landfill. The increasing use of biomass and waste derived fuels continues to provide substantial markets for waste materials, and in 2013 waste fuels accounted for 44 per cent of the thermal input to cement production.

MPA recognises that Resource Efficiency is an issue of increasing importance to policy makers in the UK and Europe and is participating in a number of initiatives in this area. The minerals industry has substantial experience in Resource Efficiency issues and the related issue of Resource Security.

Aspiration:
To ensure that all minerals are used appropriately and that we optimise the use of previously used materials, reducing our environmental footprint per tonne of material sold.