- Performance Indicators
All of the indicators are based on data collated for concrete production.
In addition, some indicators report on the additional effects of including a contribution from the reinforcement steel sector, based on data provided by BAR. This is shown under the heading ‘concrete + reinforcement’.
More details of the background and methodology for these indicators can be obtained from the publication Concrete Industry Guidance on Performance Indicators.
The concrete industry makes a significant contribution to biodiversity and nature conservation through the management and restoration of sites of mineral extraction.
The indicator for production CO2 is carbon intensity or CO2/tonne of concrete produced.
Our indicator relating to emissions excluding CO2 reports the number of convictions for emissions to air and water within the industry per annum.
Having a skilled, competent and informed workforce is essential for the industry to remain competitive, safe and capable of meeting the objectives of the concrete industry strategy.
Reducing the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the production of concrete and its constituent materials can be achieved by improving energy efficiency and reducing consumption.
Controlling and managing the environmental impacts of procuring materials and manufacturing products is an essential requirement for sustainable development.
Health and safety of its employees is a key focus of the concrete industry strategy with the aspiration of zero harm.
The concrete supply chain production sites have close links with the local communities through the employment of local people and the use of local materials.
Product consistency, performance and being fit for purpose are crucial to sustainability and ensuring that materials are not rejected or potentially wasted, which is costly both economically and environmentally.
Minimising waste and using resources efficiently is common sense in the production of concrete and use of constituent materials.
BES 6001 provides a common benchmark for all construction products to demonstrate their responsible sourcing credentials. The concrete industry was the first industry to link its sustainable construction strategy to BES 6001.
Concrete and its constiuent materials are locally produced in the UK.
The concrete industry is a net user of waste, consuming over 200 times more recovered and waste materials than the waste it sent to landfill.
Water is important at many stages of concrete production. The annual indicator continues to show a trend of reduction of mains water per tonne of concrete produced.