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Industry calls on government to help cement the future

Dr Pal Chana

‘Cementing the Future’: MPA launches landmark document for the UK cement industry

THE Mineral Products Association (MPA) has this week launched a landmark document for the UK cement industry: ‘Cementing the Future – Sustaining an Essential British Industry’. The new publication sets out to explain the importance of cement and concrete to the UK economy and society, and draws attention to the vulnerability of the industry to overseas competition unless the government acts to create a level playing field in terms of the cost of regulation and unilateral ‘green taxes’ that overseas competitors do not face.

‘Cement is a key constituent in concrete – the most widely used man made substance on the planet – and underpins our economy and everyday life. Our shops, factories, offices, homes, schools, hospitals and much more all depend on this critical material, yet the industry is struggling to compete in the face of ever increasing costs – some of which are centrally imposed by government,’ said Dr Pal Chana, executive director of MPA Cement (pictured).

 

‘Our strategic significance to the economy cannot be overstated,’ he continued. ‘The Government’s own economic growth plans are predicated on a substantial increase in the construction of infrastructure and housing, and cement and concrete are going to be needed for both. We cannot allow the supply of this essential material to be left to the vagaries of the international trading markets, especially not when we have a deep-rooted industry here in the UK with factories in mainly rural locations providing much-needed jobs.’

‘Cementing the Future’ calls on the Government to: recognize the industry’s strategic significance and potential to generate economic growth; acknowledge the industry’s role in delivering a low-carbon future for the UK; deliver an economic climate of investment security and reduce regulatory uncertainty in the industry; reduce the cumulative cost burden on the industry; and lift unilateral green taxes.

In return, the industry will deliver: a secure supply of quality-assured cement made in the UK; commitment to the UK Government’s infrastructure and built-environment programme; continued investment in the future of a healthy domestic cement industry; sustained employment at its network of UK cement plants and supporting supply chain; and a planned reduction of 81% in greenhouse gases, as detailed in the industry’s Carbon Roadmap to 2050.

‘The UK cement industry has provided an essential material for the built environment for more than 100 years. Working with government, we can continue to make a vital contribution to development and cement the future of an essential British industry,’ said Dr Chana.

 

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