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Carbon saving and energy efficiency advice for the mining and quarrying sector.

Mining and quarrying are still carried out on a large scale in the UK. Minerals are worked at some 2,100 mine and quarry sites and UK coal mining annually produces 17,874 thousand tonnes: 7520 thousand tonnes from deep mining and 9854 thousand tonnes from surface mining. Opportunities exist to cut energy use, improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in three main areas:  

Process heating and drying: this comprises about 40% of the energy used in UK industry. Find out more easy ways you could save up to 10% of this energy - for example by maximising the throughput through high temperature processes (without compromising product quality) to minimise energy consumed per unit production.

Motors and drives: these use almost two thirds of the electricity consumed by UK industry. Efficiency is critical - the cost of running a motor for a year can be ten times what it cost to buy in the first place. Find advice to make your motors more energy efficient and reduce your bills.

Energy management: get buy-in for energy saving across all levels of the company, from appointing an energy manager and monitoring energy use, to developing an action plan and training staff.

Aggregates - Saving Energy Saving Costs

The ground breaking video, Saving Energy Saving Costs, shown below was produced through our Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) programme. It shows how to save both energy and carbon in the sector.

Energy efficiency support

If you'd like to improve energy efficiency of your organisation, see our services to find out how we can help.  This includes financing and implementation support for organisations seeking to invest in energy efficient equipment, for more details visit our Implementation & finance page.

If your organisation is based in Wales or Northern Ireland, visit our regional pages to get details of our UK government-funded support.

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