Sources providing gravel and sand are consumed at a much greater rate than natural regeneration would suggest.
China, April 03 (RT). – China It is manufacturing Arena And Earnest artificial You are facing an imminent shortage of these Natural Resources Globally, it was reported on Thursday South China Morning Newspaper.
Local media indicate that these Raw materials, Often collected from riverbeds, are essential for Construction sector As an additive for the production of cement and concrete worldwide.
Due to increased demand, these resource sources are being consumed at a much greater rate than natural regeneration would mean. According to the United Nations Environment Program, this imbalance is leading to imminent shortages and a global crisis.
Specifically, the United Nations Environment Program estimates that between 40 and 50 billion tons of sand and gravel are required each year to meet global demand.
In the face of soaring prices for these materials, China – the world’s largest cement producer – has chosen to break granite boulders into small pieces to produce alternatives.
In fact, according to figures released by the China Aggregates Association, more than 90 percent of the sand and gravel used in the Asian country in 2019 was synthetic.
“We have two production lines and produce about 40,000 tons of material per day,” said Xion Mingming, a control room supervisor at a company that produces industrial sand. “Every day, up to 100 truckloads are shipped from our factory, and we have nothing left in stock, as everything is shipped immediately,” he said.