The BGS comprehensively monitors mineral production, trade flows and other relevant statistics within the UK, together with associated analysis related to the circular economy (for construction/industrial minerals) and material supply security issues.
By monitoring the geology and spatial distribution of UK onshore and offshore mineral resources and the location and activity status of mineral extraction sites, we respond to the challenges posed by demand in the economy for the raw materials required for construction and industry.
In the built heritage sector, we continue to research the role indigenous building stones can play in decarbonising the built environment and help to ensure suitable maintenance and upkeep of the stone-built heritage of the UK.
Our team undertake applied research on issues related primarily to the secure supply of mineral resources, including:
- provision of effective mineral resource management expertise, data and information to government, industry and the general public
- providing specialist expertise on building stones, quarries and building conservation to clients in all parts of the UK
- targeting research on meeting society’s requirements for construction and industrial minerals in the UK and internationally, given increasing global population and levels of urbanisation
- maintenance and development of the BGS’s key minerals datasets, such as the UK database of mines and quarries and mineral resources map data
Relevant outputs from our research, along with information on our capabilities and the services we provide, are made available via our website MineralsUK. These include:
- building stones
- commodity and statistical data
- mineral exploration
- mines and quarries
- spatial minerals data
- UK mineral planning
For further information please use the contact details provided via the MineralsUK pages or email us.
Staff members from various disciplines across BGS worked over the weekend to engage festivalgoers with BGS’s work, specifically critical raw materials.
The UK Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre has produced a scoping report that examines the aims of the UK with regards to developing a hydrogen economy, the sustainability of these targets, given current metal loadings, and provides some suggestions for overcoming potential challenges that the UK may face in securing raw materials to support this ambition.
A recent scoping study by the UK Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre assesses the application, importance and supply-chain risks associated with specialist alloys used in the aerospace and defence industries.
Areas from the Highlands to south-west England have the right geology to be prospective for several critical raw materials such as lithium and graphite, according to a new report.
The latest edition of World Mineral Production has been released.
BGS scientists Clive Mitchell (industrial minerals geologist) and Elliott Hamilton (environmental chemist) report on their recent visit to the Copperbelt Province in Zambia.
The UK’s new centre to collect and analyse information on the supply of critical minerals, which are vital to the UK’s economic success and national security, has officially launched.
New 3D model will help guide exploration for rare earth element deposits in alkaline igneous systems
A team of scientists and institutions across Europe have developed a new 3D geological model designed to guide exploration for rare earth elements.