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QPA publishes fourth SD Report

THE Quarry Products Association has published its fourth Sustainable Development (SD) Report, which once again offers an insight into how the quarrying industry is performing across a broad spectrum of activities, from health and safety to carbon reduction.

Providing data up to 2007, the data coverage in the fourth report is equivalent to 76% of UK aggregate sales. Key sustainability trends identified in the report include:

  • A 75% decline in reportable injuries among QPA members between 1999 and 2007;
  • Sector carbon emissions averaged 6kg CO2 per tonne of output (ranging from 3.98kg CO2 for the production of sand gravel to 26.8kg CO2 for the production of asphalt) and the aggregates sector accounted for 0.61% of UK CO2 emissions (including both operations and transport);
  • The share of recycled and secondary aggregate of the total GB aggregates market was 25% in 2007, the highest share anywhere in Europe;
  • 35 million tonnes of aggregates (16% of the GB primary aggregates total) were delivered by non-road modes of transport – 15 million tonnes by rail and 20 million tonnes by ship and barge;
  • Average road delivery distances for aggregates, asphalt and ready-mixed concrete were 22 miles (35km), 17 miles (28km) and 5 miles (8.3km) respectively, highlighting the generally local nature of supply;
  • Only 0.12% of the UK land area was being quarried in 2007, and the area of land restored was higher than the areas of land prepared for quarrying;
  • 307 liaison groups between quarries and local communities were recorded.

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