The aggregates sector is by far the largest amongst the non-energy extractive industries.
The European aggregates demand is 3 billion tonnes per year, representing a turnover of around €20 billion.
The remaining 10% comes from recycled aggregates (6%), the rest being marine and manufactured aggregates (2% each).
UEPG stands for "Union Européenne des Producteurs de Granulats" (European Aggregates Association, Europäischer Gesteinsverband). Aggregates are a granular material used in construction. The most common natural aggregates of mineral origin are sand, gravel and crushed rock. UEPG represents the European Aggregates Industry in Brussels, now with Members in 31 countries. On behalf of its Members, UEPG actively lobbies the European institutions and other stakeholders on issues key to the industry.
Our vision is a Sustainable Industry for a Sustainable Europe. Our mission is to be the Industry Champion and a trusted Partner. UEPG Core Values are to be Open, Transparent and Honest. We have a particular focus on health and safety, access to local resources, recycling, excellence in environmental stewardship and biodiversity.
With its 24,000 sites across Europe, the Aggregates Industry is uniquely placed to make a significant positive contribution to the process of halting the loss of biodiversity. Our Biodiversity Case Study database demonstrates the sector’s commitment to the Biodiversity Action Plan of the European Commission to protect and restore biological systems.
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