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21 November 2019

British Lime Association's Sustainable Development Report illustrates world leading performance of the lime sector

Following the launch of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Charter in 2017, the BLA Sustainable Development Report now aligns with the 7 MPA Strategic Priorities. This report highlights the positive contribution made by the lime industry in 2018 to Communicating Industry Value, Health and Safety, People, Resource Use, Climate Change and Energy, the Natural Environment and the Built Environment.

Exports from BLA Members reached new heights in 2018, exceeding 300,000 tonnes. This is more than double the exports during the recession (around 140,000 tonnes in 2009) and accounts for over a quarter of the UK's total lime output. But this massive increase represents more than just bounce-back – it's a real increase in export market share, exceeding pre-recession levels by around 40% (around 218,000 tonnes in 2006) and, the BLA estimates that the 2018 exports added more than £3 million to the UK economy.

BLA Members are proud of the Health and Safety improvements they have implemented over recent years, by continuing to focus on Zero Harm and actively sharing and embedding best practice. The number of incidents across all employees and contractors has reduced by 40% from 2011 levels, but in 2018 there was an increase in lost time incidents compared to the low levels achieved in 2014. The BLA is taking active steps to address these issues.

The report also highlights that:

  • 17% lower CO2 – Decarbonisation from dolime combustion since 2011.
  • Waste to landfill - 76% lower than 2011.
  • 40% fossil fuel replaced with alternative fuels in dolime manufacture.
  • Export sales - 15% increase since 2011 and 38% since 2006.
  • Particulate, NOx and SO2 emissions - 1,370 tonnes less than 2011.
  • Environmental incident free - No Category 1 or 2 incidents.

Commenting on the sector performance, Dr Rebecca Hooper, Manager of the BLA said: "Lime is an essential material for our daily lives and makes a significant contribution to the economy. We are proud to supply quality products to UK markets and overseas whilst maintaining world-leading environmental performance. We are pleased to be engaging with Government and research institutions on our low carbon future. We value the people who work for us and are maintaining our focus on improving H&S issues. BLA members are an important source of jobs and we work closely with local communities, making an active contribution through formal volunteering, and by encouraging informal staff-organised charitable activities."


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 more information visit:

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