This article is the text of a speech by the Director General of the Quarry Products Association (QPA) at the 1999 2nd European Conference on Mineral Planning. It looks ahead up to ten years, to see how the wealth of information shared at the conference could help shape the future; it is presented from the perspectives of the quarry industry and the UK. The QPA has suggested to the Government that, for the UK in the next five years, the forecast for primary aggregate demand should be constant, and any increase in demand should be satisfied by secondary and recycled materials. To put these figures in context, graphs are given showing the trends for aggregate demand and construction output for 1955-97. Use of secondary materials, such as colliery spoil, china clay wastes, slate wastes, power station ash, and slag, is rising. Nevertheless, for the foreseeable future, natural aggregates will be essential for the UK and European construction industries. Their demand needs to be predicted accurately and far enough ahead, to enable all stakeholders to be involved and allow the industry to plan for their extraction and processing. The best use must be made of secondary and recycled materials. Environmental and sustainability issues must be managed properly, for example by using local sources and sensible transport.

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    NOTTINGHAM,   United Kingdom  NG1 5BS
  • Authors:
    • VAN DER BYL, S
  • Publication Date: 2000-5


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 56-60
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  • Accession Number: 00795156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2000 12:00AM