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15 January 2020

MPA Cement Sustainable Development report highlights its contribution to the circular economy

MPA Cement has published its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, based on data provided by MPA Cement's five member companies who together supplied 78% of the cement consumed in the UK in 2018. Aligned with the seven MPA strategic priorities, the report highlights activity in Health and Safety, Communicating Industry Value, People, Resource Use, Climate Change and Energy, the Natural Environment and the Built Environment.

Highlights include: 

  • The Health and Safety Lost Time Frequency Rate is 71% lower since 2005.
  • CO2 emissions reduced 25% from 1998.
  • Zero process waste was sent to landfill.
  • 1.4 million tonnes of waste and by-products from other sectors were recycled by the UK cement industry, resulting in a recycled content of cement of almost 10%.
  • Waste derived fuels replaced 43% of the fossil fuel energy demand.
  • Cement continues to be a key contributor to the £152 billion construction industry.
  • Domestic cement sales have increased 29% since 2012 but 2018 sales were 1% lower than 2017.

Of significance, is positive performance in the area of climate change and energy where in 2018 CO2missions reduced 25% from 1998, largely due to the UK cement industry's success in improving its carbon footprint by increasing energy efficiency, using alternative fuels instead of traditional fossil fuels, and utilising renewable energy sources. In 2018, MPA actively engaged with Defra on development of its Clean Air Strategy for England and the UK-wide National Air Pollution Control Programme, building on the industry's investment in cleaner processes. 

Recycling and resource use were equally positive in 2018, with 1.4 million tonnes of waste and by-products from other industries being co-processed in cement production. Recycled content of cement was shown to be almost 10% due to the cement production process's unique capability to recycle minerals and recover heat simultaneously (known as co-processing). Additionally, zero process waste was sent to landfill.

Dr Richard Leese, Director, MPA Cement welcomed the report saying:

"UK cement producers continue the long-term trend to improve their environment, health and safety performance whilst facing increased international competition and a recently challenging market."

"It is clear that our stakeholders, customers and communities want further environmental action and our members are acting on that challenge. By continuing our transparency on environmental performance in this report and providing the UK economy with low carbon products, the industry's aspiration matches those that we serve. In the years ahead the challenges will become tougher and will require coordinated effort from the industry, the supply chain, Government and its agencies. MPA is ready to play its part."


Notes for Editors

The MPA Cement Sustainable Development report can be found via the following link.

 MPA Cement is part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 530 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy and was the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £152 billion. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit:

For further information, please contact: Robina Longworth; tel: 020 7963 8017.

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