The 9th Annual Mineral Planning Survey, AMPS 2021, reports on mineral planning data for 2020. This report is set against the backdrop of decreasing aggregate sales in 2019 (-4.8%) and 2020 (-8.8%) compared to 2018. The slowdown in market sales in 2019 was partly attributed to Brexit related uncertainty that impacted particularly commercial construction projects. The decline in sales in 2020 reflects the impact of the first Covid lockdown, although demand rebounded quickly over the second half of the year and in 2021.
This policy paper calls for reform of the mineral planning system to ensure future supply to support housing and infrastructure construction, manufacturing and other key strategic sectors of the economy. The paper highlights the essential role of mineral products and the fundamental importance of the planning system for ensuring supply as the economy recovers.
The Crown Estate and the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) have published the 23rd annual 'Area Involved' report, which details changes in the extent of the seabed area licensed and dredged for marine aggregates during 2020.
The rail freight of aggregates, cement and other mineral products is a national sustainability success story. Over the last five years the rail freight tonnage of these materials has increased by 21% and is now the largest user of the rail freight network in terms of tonnes carried. This ensures that construction demands are met while carbon emissions and road congestion are reduced.
This report highlights the critical importance to London of protecting wharves and railheads in the capital from other types of development. Without effective protection the supply of essential construction materials would be threatened, jeopardising homebuilding and infrastructure improvements, and leading to worse air quality and road safety.
The Mineral Products Association has set out long term aggregate demand and supply scenarios for Great Britain (GB) level until 2030. The study aims to provide industry and industry stakeholders with indications of the potential volumes of aggregates that may be needed to satisfy future demand, reflecting the UK's needs for construction, including housebuilding and infrastructure. It is hoped that the study will help revive interest and dialogue about the provision of aggregate supplies for the long term amongst all key stakeholders.
The Minerals Safeguarding Practice Guidance explains how Local and Mineral Planning Authorities should protect mineral resources and infrastructure from development through the planning system. A sufficient supply of minerals and mineral products is essential to the economy and our quality of life.
The briefing is a contribution to the current global debate regarding the availability, access to and consumption of sand. In recent years there has been increasing attention on the demand for sand, the potential for global shortages and the consequences of unregulated extraction as the link has been made between the societal demands for homes and infrastructure and the associated pressures that this can place on finite mineral resources, particularly at a local scale. While the references to resource pressures have typically focussed on ‘sand’, what is usually being referred to are construction aggregates more generally, and particularly sand and gravel supply.
The Construction Sector Deal indicates that around 120 million tonnes (mt) of Construction, Demolition and Excavation Waste (CDEW) is generated by construction activity every year. The new MPA report uses Defra data to demonstrate that 76% of all CDEW is currently being recycled or recovered back into the 'chain of utility' by the minerals and waste management industries.
In this report, the Mineral Products Association estimates that in 2018, a total of 71 million tonnes of aggregates from a range of sources have been re-used in construction in Great Britain, 90% (64 million tonnes) of which originated directly from construction activity, through demolition work and road repairs.
Outlining the industry's vision, the Strategy sets out three aims; to minimise water consumption, to prioritise use of the most sustainable water sources and to protect the water environment by sustainably managing water being used and passing through its Members' sites.
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries.