Essential information about the production, consumption, and trade of UK minerals up to 2020
THE latest statistical data on minerals production in the UK is now available to download online. The UK Minerals Yearbook 2021 provides essential information about the production, consumption, and trade of UK minerals up to 2020.
Published annually by the British Geological Survey (BGS), the yearbook includes definitive updates designed to inform decision-makers, the minerals industry, and those interested in the contribution of minerals to the national economy.
The UK produces more than 270 million tonnes of minerals each year, contributing to the country’s construction, energy, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors. Coal production continues to decline (80% since 2015) as the UK continues to move away from the use of coal for power generation.
Also notable in 2020 is a decline in production of construction minerals, around 10% compared with 2019, most likely a temporary reduction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.