In this report, the MPA highlights the industry’s significant contribution to the UK economy through the domestic production of construction and industrial mineral products from 2,300 active quarries and plants nationwide.
Aggregates are essential to our economy and quality of life. They are the main constituent of the foundation and fabric of our built environment, onshore, offshore above ground, on the ground and below our feet.
This report highlights pressure points that may come to bear on some traditional sources of aggregates, through restricted availability and limited access to particular mineral resources.
In its latest Annual Mineral Planning Survey (AMPS) for 2022, based on data from MPA members, the trade association reports a chronic failure to replenish rock, sand and gravel reserves at anywhere near the same rate as the materials are being used in British construction.
The UK concrete and cement industry has developed a roadmap to beyond net zero by 2050 – removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits each year.
Within the pages of this book we have captured just some of the countless fantastic achievements of this essential industry in supporting nature recovery over the last 50 years. I admit it’s been a tall order, if only because of the scale of the task, so I hope that we have done the mineral extraction and mineral products sector justice.
This MPA report sets out 18 regulatory reforms that the Government should enact to reduce uncertainty, delays and costs in the mineral products sector.
The report makes a series of clear recommendations for reform of planning and permitting rules, making regulators more accountable for their performance and commitment to economic growth, and reducing regulatory barriers to innovation.
As the UK recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic, adjusts to the post-Brexit world and takes on the net zero challenge, our industry will continue to supply the essential materials needed to build new homes and infrastructure, and supply strategic and foundation industries including the utilities, manufacturing and agriculture but needs to be supported by the right policies.
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and industrial sand industries.
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