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15 July 2020

Mineral Products Association welcomes Flooding announcement

The Mineral Products Association has welcomed the Government's announcement setting out details of the £5.2 billion pledged for flood defences and increasing resilience.

MPA's members will contribute to many parts of this programme, from providing aggregates, foundations and concrete pipes for hard defences to sustainable urban drainage schemes and porous surfaces in the built environment.

Mineral resources including sand and gravel are often located on functional flood plains, while hard rock and other upland quarries result in large voids with the potential to retain huge volumes of water. Therefore, the careful planning, design, management and restoration of quarries can assist by providing space for storage and natural flood relief for communities downstream.

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive of MPA, said:

"We have often called for more focus on infrastructure delivery, so we are pleased to see the list of projects that the Government is committed to taking forward. Our members and their products are essential for ensuring the built environment is resilient into the future, and can play a significant role in the enhancement of natural environment as well.
"Adaptation to climate change is essential now and in the coming decades, even if all countries deliver substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The mineral products industry will provide the essential materials for this challenge and the MPA welcomes today’s announcement."

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Notes for Editors:

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 520 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 and lime 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. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Clements, Elizabeth.clements@mineralproducts.org, mobile 07775 894285.

   
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