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Minerals and the environment

Operators in the mineral products industry recognise that their activities impact on the environment in a variety of ways. While the benefits that flow from their products would not be possible without some impact, they accept the responsibility to minimise the effects. That includes action to control dust and noise

Carbon reduction is a particularly important issue that is being driven by MPA through its Carbon Management Good Practice Guide. Special emphasis has been placed on understanding the industry’s carbon footprint, and on identifying and prioritising key areas for action.

The potential for generating positive impacts on the environment is considerable, notably through high quality land restoration and by creating new opportunities for biodiversity and geodiversity. Nature after minerals is one particularly imaginative initiative that aims to help operators incorporate biodiversity into their restoration plans. It is one of several areas in which the industry works in partnership with the RSPB and Natural England.

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