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Mining and quarrying extraction activities

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Mining and quarrying survey results are disseminated by Istat today. The years 2013, 2014 and preliminary estimates on 2015 are investigated. Statistics deal with no energy-producing minerals extraction in physical units of weight, by mineral type and by extraction site at regional level. Considering a fragmentary context on mining and quarrying statistics in Italy and a growing need of information at national and international level on the issue, this survey was designed by Istat and ISPRA in 2014.

Due to the importance of its contents, mining and quarrying extraction survey has been included in National Statistical Program. It started for the first time in 2015 with the aim to produce official statistics to strengthen a knowledge framework on mining and quarrying activities carried out at regional level and on environmental pressures linked to the exploitation of non-renewable natural resources.

In 2014, in Italy mining and
quarrying extraction sites amounted to 5,353 (-6.8% compared to 2013). Mining sites were 143 and quarrying sites were 5,210. Municipalities with at least one extraction site were 2,105 (equal to 26.3% of all Italian municipalities). In 2014 the number of mining and quarrying active extraction sites was equal to 4,612 of which 2,737 were extraction sites into production in the reference year, namely sites from which quantities of minerals have actually been extracted in the year observed. Among extraction sites into production, there were 85 mining and 2,652 quarrying.

In 2014 total extraction of minerals from mining and quarrying amounted to almost 185,8 million tons, with an overall decrease of -4.8% over the previous year. In particular, quarrying minerals extraction was equal to 172.9 million tons and mining minerals extraction to 12.8 million of tons, respectively decreasing by -3.8% and -16.3% compared to 2013.

For information

Donatella Vignani
ph. +39 06 4673.4936

Maria Di Gennaro
ph. +39 06 4673.4326

Reference period: Years 2013-2015

Date of Issue: 19 April 2017