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Some key statistics about the mineral products industry:

  • Marine aggregates supply approximately 21% of the sand and gravel requirements of England and Wales. The industry operates 27 vessels which produce about 20 million tonnes of aggregates per annum.

  • Recycled and secondary materials accounted for 29% of the GB aggregates market in 2014, over two times higher than the European average.
  • The area of our seabed dredged for aggregates in 2013 was 98.6km2.
  • MPA's ultimate aim remains “Zero Harm”. In 2009, MPA members achieved the five-year “Hard Target” of halving the number of reportable injuries amongst employees. The actual reduction in reportable injuries in the aggregates sector since the first sector hard target was introduced 10 years earlier was 83 per cent. In 2009, a renewed hard target was set to halve again the rate of lost time incidents for direct employees by the end of 2014. This interim target was achieved 21 months early and was sustained finishing at 1.71 lost time injuries per million hours worked.

  • With the MPA’s ever expanding membership a new integrated 5 year health & safety hard target based on 2013 statistics has been set, to include its new members, reducing the lost time injury frequency rate for direct employees by a further 65%, due in 2019.
  • The mineral products industry employs around 70,000 people directly and indirectly.
  • Around 0.10% of our local area is used for aggregate extraction. The ratio of land restored to land prepared for quarrying in 2013  was 1:1.1.
  • The UK mineral products industry is a world leader in terms of the quality of its land restoration work. MPA’s restoration award scheme has been running for 40 years to recognise outstanding restoration and, in 2010, a biodiversity award scheme was also launched.  In 2015, the MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards are taking place on 14 October. Find out more about the Awards here.
  • MPA members are committed to further improvements in biodiversity and the MPA actively supports the Nature After Minerals initiative. MPA launched a Biodiversity Strategy in early 2011.
  • More than 700 Sites of Special Scientific Interest have their origins in mineral operations.
  • In 2014, the area of priority habitats created by MPA members had reached at least 5,200ha with at least a further 5,600ha of priority habitat creation planned by MPA members.

  • Over the past 7 years, MPA members have planted over 1.1 million trees.
  • The proportion of surveyed aggregate and cement sites with Certified Environmental Management Systems in 2013 was 86% and 100% respectively.
  • CO2 directly from cement production was 694kg/tonnes in 2013 and 44% of fuel used for cement manufacture comes from waste-derived sources.
  • In 2012, the UK concrete industry launched an updated Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy that commits it to further sustainability improvements. The concrete industry’s 7th Sustainability Performance report was launched at Ecobuild 2015.
  • The average road delivery distance for aggregates in 2013 was 49.8km. In 2013, the share of aggregates sales moved by rail was 9.5% and the share of cement sales moved by rail was 16.9% .
  • In 2013, there were 148 community liaison groups recorded in aggregates quarries and 39 cement liaison group meetings. The recorded number of visitors to aggregates sites and cement kiln sites was 29,365.
  • 2013 figures show post planning permission archaeological investigations involved 321 hectares of land at MPA member sites.
  • MPA has launched a Cycle Safe campaign aimed at preventing collisions between industry vehicles and cyclists. The national campaign was launched in June 2011 at a joint event held in Central London with the Metropolitan Police . In October 2012 MPA launched its Vulnerable Road User (VRU) Safety Policy, which includes a requirement for industry drivers to receive vulnerable road user training. MPA and MPA members have been leading contributors in the development of the Construction Logistics & Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) standard and MPA is a CLOCS Champion. MPA’s VRU policy has now been extended to match the CLOCS standard.
  • The total market for cement and cementitious materials was 11.5 million tonnes in  2013. GGBS (Blast furnace Slag) and Fly Ash made up 16.4% of this market.
  • 2013 data shows that 91% of concrete production is responsibly sourced to BES 6001. This makes concrete the leading construction material for responsible sourcing.


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