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European Mineral Statistics 2010-2014

Download European Mineral Statistics 2010-2014

This is the latest edition in the European Mineral Statistics series and provides essential information for the majority of economically important metals and minerals for 36 European Countries including European Union members, candidates and associates. It includes five year tables of production, exports and imports statistics arranged in two sections: by individual country; and by commodity with bullet points on salient features and graphics. It provides the essential background intelligence for any European minerals-related activities.

Risk List 2015

Figure 1. The chart shows the number of times a country is the leading global producer of an element or element group of economic value. Source: BGS World Mineral Statistics. BGS©NERC

The Risk List, first published by the British Geological Survey in 2011, provides a quick indication of the relative risk to the supply of elements or element groups which we need to maintain our economy and lifestyle. This 2015 update shows that China is still the leading producer of a large number of mineral commodities, it also indicates that the minor metals (e.g. REE, Sb, Bi, Ge) continue to have the greatest potential risk of supply disruption.

World Mineral Production 2010–2014

World Mineral Production 2010-2014. BGS©NERC

Welcome to the latest edition of World Mineral Production, an annual publication from the British Geological Survey (BGS). This volume contains mineral production statistics for the five year period from 2010 to 2014, for more than 70 mineral commodities, by country worldwide.

It is the latest publication from the World Mineral Statistics dataset which began in 1913. The statistics from this dataset are available in the following formats:

Mineral Statistics Survey

World Mineral Production and European Mineral Statistics. BGS©NERC

The BGS, and its predecessors, have been producing mineral statistics since 1913. These data are currently released annually in two publications called "World Mineral Production" and "European Mineral Statistics" and made available in MS Excel through our online data download tool.

As a result of reducing budgets, we are currently undertaking a major review of how and why we continue with this work. As a part of this process we would like to gain a better understanding of the requirements of our user community and have therefore developed a short survey.

Mineral Planning Factsheet: Metals

Mineral Planning Factsheet: Metals. BGS©NERC

BGS has produced a series of Mineral Planning Factsheets that cover economically important minerals that are extracted in Britain. Individual factsheets are periodically updated to provide an up-to-date overview of the supply of a specific mineral. They are primarily intended to inform the land-use planning process but will be of much wider interest. The factsheet on Metals has been updated to reflect the recent revival of exploration in Britain, the opening of a major new tungsten mine in Devon and concerns over the long term availability of secure supplies of metals required by UK industry.

United Kingdom Minerals Yearbook 2014

Burrowine Moor silica sand quarry, Fife, Operated by Pattersons quarries Ltd. BGS©NERC

This annual publication by the British Geological Survey provides comprehensive statistical data on minerals production, consumption and trade to 2013 and estimates of production for major mineral commodities in 2014. It is of value to all those interested in the many facets of Britain's minerals industry and its contribution to the national economy.

Survey of Surface Mined Coal 2014

Surface coal mine, BGS©NERC

The results of the Survey of Surface Mined Coal for 2014 are now available. Data are presented on saleable production, permitted reserves and details of sites granted and refused planning permission during 2014. This survey, previously known as 'the Opencast Coal Survey', been renamed to 'Survey of Surface Mined Coal' to better reflect modern methods used to extract shallow coal and align with terminology used by the Coal Authority and the coal extraction industry. The change came into effect for presentation of 2014 data.