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United Kingdom Minerals Yearbook 2020

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UK mineral production, consumption and trade revealed in new report by British Geological Survey

THE British Geological Survey (BGS) has published the United Kingdom Minerals Yearbook 2020, in association with partners the Confederation of British Industry Minerals Group (CBI MG) and the Mineral Products Association (MPA).

First published in 1853, the yearbook provides comprehensive statistical data on the UK’s minerals industry, including production, consumption and trade, providing decision-makers with reliable, up-to-date information on the industry and quantifying its impact on the UK economy.

The United Kingdom Mineral Yearbook 2020 contains key findings such as:

  • Sand and gravel were worth £934 million to the UK economy in 2019, compared with £584 million in 2013
  • Coal was worth just £132 million to the UK economy in 2019, compared with £780 million in 2013
  • Coal production has declined from 12,768 tonnes in 2013 to 2,166 in 2019, a decrease of more than 80%
  • Production of crushed rock has risen from a historic low of 91,103,000 tonnes in 2009, to 129,300,000 tonnes in 2019, showing a gradual recovery in the construction sector and wider economy.

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