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The Environment Agency’s Business and environment report: Environmental outlook for the combustion sector

The Environment Agency has published it’s Business and Environment report: Environment outlook for the combustion sector. 


The assessment sets out the progress made by the combustion (power) sector of industry working with the Environment Agency to reduce their impact on the environment, and we would like to thank Energy UK, tech UK, the Combustion Engineering Association and the UK Quality Ash Association for their valuable input. It presents an overview of sector performance, impacts on the environment and a forward look to the challenges, risks and opportunities that the future presents.


 You can download the report here.


UKQAA appoints new chair

The UK Quality Ash Association (UKQAA) has appointed Tarmac’s Allan Everett as the association’s new chair, taking over from Power Minerals’ Ivan Skidmore after four years in the role.


The UKQAA is the country’s leading authority on the use of quality ash in construction and engineering applications and represents a range of members from across the construction supply chain.


Allan Everett, also Tarmac’s Ash Business Manager, replaces Ivan Skidmore this spring after four years’ in the role. Allan brings significant experience of the UK and global materials sector to the Association and has an extensive knowledge of the UKQAA membership as well as the challenges the ash industry faces in the coming years. As chair, Allan will help steer the Association and work with its membership, to promote and secure the use of quality ash in construction and engineering applications.


Allan Everett, said: “The UKQAA has a vital role to play in the construction sector in the coming years – particularly as the industry steps up to deliver big projects such as HS2 and major road schemes. These projects place huge demands on the concrete industry where quality ash is often a critical material, but we’re aware of the availability issues coal fired power station closures pose to us.


“As a result, our focus is on assessing other sources of ash and working with the UKQAA membership and our global partners to identify what this might mean. There’s no hiding the challenges we face, but the opportunities ash held in long-term storage and increased importation hold are just as significant. I’m confident we can be successful, and I look forward to driving the UKQAA forwards in the coming years.”


Allan will be joined by Richard Boult who has also been announced as the UKQAA’s new Technical Committee Chair. Richard is Commercial Technical Manager at CEMEX UK Cement, he will work with UKQAA’s Technical Committee members to develop and assess technical projects exploring new sources and uses for quality ash.


Richard Boult, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of the UKQAA Technical Committee Chairman; the opportunity for us to manage technical projects for the Association at what’s likely to be an exciting time is hugely appealing. We’re aware that the ash industry is going through a period of transition, but this brings plenty of opportunities to assess new ideas.


“We’re already working with organisations on a number of important research projects to tackle these issues, including a major project with Dundee University’s Concrete Technology Unit to explore how we can make use of ash in long-term storage. The results here are enormously exciting for the sector, so I’m looking forward to working with the UKQAA to turn research projects into commercial opportunities.”

Welcome to our new website!

As you’ll see, we’ve been working hard on redesigning and restructuring the format of our website to give you the fastest way to access the information you need.

As well as refreshing the content, we’ve tied in our social media activity and launched a new blog so that you can easily access all the latest news, views and research on anything to do with the production and use of coal ash. Over the coming weeks and months, be sure to keep checking back as we continue to update our information and provide the latest statistics in insight into the industry – including dates for your diary.

If you’re already a member, we will be issuing new log in details to access the Members Area and view the latest committee information, meeting notes, government statistics and annual reports. If you’d like to become a member, please visit our Members page to find out more about the different levels of membership we offer.

We welcome you to have a browse of the new website and see what you think. If you’ve got any feedback or would like any further information, please get in touch via our contact form.

Become a UKQAA Member

We encourage anyone with an interest in coal ash and coal ash products to consider becoming a member of the UKQAA. If you would like to get in touch about becoming a member please fill out our contact form or call us on 01902 373365.