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04 April 2019

British Marine Aggregate Industry Sustainable Development Report Published

The British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) has published its annual Sustainable Development report covering the year 2018. This builds upon the wider sustainable development initiative established by BMAPA's parent organisation, the Mineral Products Association (MPA).

Following the launch of the MPA Charter in 2017, the 2018 report is now structured to align with the existing Key Performance Indicators defined in the original BMAPA Strategy document produced in 2006 with the seven MPA strategic priorities.

The report, which presents marine aggregate market and performance data from 2017, details the contribution of marine sand and gravel resources to the overall demand for construction aggregate across England and Wales. The relatively flat levels of demand reported for marine supplies alongside the majority of other sources of construction aggregate, coincide with low levels of growth reported across the economy as a whole.

Some key points from the report include:

Health and Safety - The industry continues to collate and report Lost Time Injury (LTI) and wider accident incidents on a monthly basis, and at the end of August 2018 achieved the notable target of 12 months LTI free for the first time since January 2009.

Resource Use – Total marine aggregate production remained largely flat in 2017, reflecting the general market conditions (19.0 million tonnes). This was reflected with reported landings to England and Wales and to the South East of England. Over the same period, exports of construction aggregate to the near Continent continued to recover in 2017, with a 13% increase in landings (3.1 million tonnes) compared to the equivalent figures for 2016.

Climate Change and Energy – A reduction in total distance steamed by the dredging fleet, coupled with overall production remaining broadly stable during 2017, resulted in an increase in the ratio of tonnes landed/km steamed (14.0 tonnes/km an increase of +3.9%). Combined with a slight reduction in total fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions, the overall trends in reported data over time suggest continued improvements in efficiency over a rolling five-year period.


Notes for Editors

A copy of the report can be found here.

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is 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 further information, please contact Robina Longworth at ; tel: 020 7963 8017.

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