UEPG Sustainable Development Awards 2016
Six MPA members acknowledged at European Aggregates Association Awards event
SIX Mineral Products Association (MPA) members were among 41 entrants from 10 countries who were acknowledged and celebrated at the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) Sustainable Development Awards 2016, which took place at the Brussels Centre of Fine Arts on 16 November.
Hanson Quarry Products were named among the eight ‘Best of the Best’ entrants, picking up an award in the Restoration category for the restoration of Middleton Quarry to multiple uses, while Sibelco Europe, FM Conway and Marshalls received certificates in the Health & Safety Best Practice category, and CEMEX UK and Smiths & Sons (Bletchington) received certificates in the Special Award for Biodiversity 2016 category.
Details of these and all the other entrants can be found in the accompanying brochure (see attachment).
The UEPG Sustainable Development Awards is a major event to reward companies that have successfully integrated the social, economic and/or environmental dimensions of sustainable development into their operations.
The Awards promote the dissemination of best practices and encourage projects that go beyond what is required by planners and regulators, and it is intended that they should provide examples that others could follow.
Speaking at the awards event, Nigel Jackson (pictured), vice-president of the UEPG and chief executive officer of the MPA, said: ‘With 15,000 companies and 25,000 operations producing of 2.7 billion tonnes of material a year, while also engaging with and employing 200,000 people, the European aggregates industry is the ‘great dynamo of the economy.
‘No other sector can get even close to these figures, making the aggregates industry by far the biggest non-energy extractive sector supplying essential materials to European society.’