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December 2011

2011 Sustainable Development Reports published

MPA has published its 2011 Sustainable Development Report Accelerating progress ... Meeting the Challenges. The report is in easy-to-read summary fashion and is backed by the more detailed information carried on this website. Meanwhile, the concrete industry has published its fourth Sustainable Performance Report and MPA Cement has published Performance 2010 – its sector plan report for the UK cement industry. All are available from our reports section.


October 2011

MPA Restoration and Natural England Biodiversity Awards

The mineral products industry is uniquely placed to help halt biodiversity decline. That was the message from the Chief Executive of Natural England and a host of other key stakeholders to members of the MPA at the Association’s Awards event ‘Building on our Legacy…Realising our Potential – Biodiversity and the Mineral Products Association’ on 19 October.

The event, at the Royal Society London, attracted a very wide range of NGO and environmental organisations and charted the way forward and shared best practice through the long running MPA Restoration Awards and the inaugural Natural England Biodiversity Awards.

Awards announced at the event included the winner of the Natural England Biodiversity Award, CEMEX UK in partnership with RSPB for lowland heathland creation at its Rugeley Quarry in Staffordshire. Runner-up was Hanson UK for its Kings Dyke Nature Reserve at Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire. In the MPA Restoration Awards Tarmac Ltd’s Bellmoor/Lound Estate won the top prize in partnership with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Lafarge Cement UK was the Runner up with Dirtlow Rake Quarry.

Special awards for commitment to biodiversity amongst MPA’s smaller and medium-sized members went to Brett Group, Marshalls, Sibelco and Smiths Bletchington. An award for individual commitment to biodiversity was awarded posthumously to Brian Butterfield for his outstanding commitment to habitat creation at Lafarge Aggregates’ Panshanger Quarry in Hertfordshire.


January 2011

MPA launches new biodiversity strategy

MPA as part of its biodiversity initiative, MPA launched a new biodiversity strategy in January 2011 at a reception with the RSPB in the House of Commons. The strategy builds on what has already been achieved through partnership with Natural England and the RSPB. Sharing best practice is an important feature, as is the provision of expert advice and tools to add to members’ biodiversity achievements. MPA aims to be represented in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan process and will press for biodiversity issues to be taken into account in the Development Plan process. MPA's biodiversity initiative also includes a biodiversity awards scheme that is currently being judged for a 2011 presentation.


December 2010

New Sustainable Development Reports published

MPA has published its 2010 Sustainable Development Report Building on progress ... facing the future. The report is in easy-to-read summary fashion and is backed by the more detailed information carried on this website. Meanwhile, the concrete industry has published its third Sustainable Performance Report and MPA Cement has published Performance 2009 – its sector plan report for the UK cement industry. All are available from our reports section.