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MPA Cement publishes 2016 Performance Report

Cement industry performance

Latest annual report highlights cement industry’s contribution to the circular economy and barriers to delivery

MPA Cement has published its 2016 Annual Performance Report, highlighting the cement industry’s contribution to the economy as it strives to move from a linear to circular model that encompasses low waste, low carbon, increased recycling and the utilization of waste from other sectors.

According to the new-look report, UK cement manufacturers are delivering on this vision whilst providing an important strategic contribution to the UK’s development needs.

Following a stable market in the early and mid-2000s, the economic recession saw domestic cement production drop by 40% between 2007 and 2009. Since 2012, markets have improved but production is still 27% lower than in 2007.

Delivering further environmental improvements is getting harder with rising production costs, uncertainty in the market outlook and lack of clarity on carbon and energy policy, particularly on emissions trading.

Welcoming the report, Dr Pal Chana, executive director of MPA Cement, said: ‘This new report illustrates the full material flow of UK cement manufacture and the fantastic contribution that the industry is making to the circular economy with zero waste to landfill whilst consuming 1.6 million tonnes of waste and by-products from other sectors.

‘However, the report highlights that one of the greatest threats to the UK cement industry currently and in the near future is the considerable cumulative cost burden from the implementation of climate change and energy-related policies, which we estimate are going to increase by 40% to 2020 even with the limited discounting provided by government.

‘If action is not taken to protect the UK cement sector from these rising costs, imports will increase, jobs will be lost and security of supply will be threatened,’ said Dr Chana.

Whilst the Performance Report highlights that cement manufacturing maintains its high level of environmental performance, MPA is also concerned that policy drivers such as those incentivizing the use of biomass in other sectors is increasing the competition for limited biomass resource, resulting in a market distortion with the potential to drive cement manufacture back towards coal use.

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