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Tarmac have published their annual sustainability report for 2022
Tarmac have published their annual sustainability report for 2022

2022 sustainability report records progress made against Tarmac’s Act sustainability strategy

TARMAC have published their annual sustainability report for 2022, recording the progress made against the ambitions set out in Tarmac’s Act sustainability strategy in 2021 and its three central themes of People, Planet, and Solutions.

Emma Hines, sustainability director at Tarmac, said: ‘It’s vital that Tarmac continue to operate and grow in a sustainable and responsible way. This becomes increasingly important with the climate emergency and wider societal challenges.


‘In 2022, I’m proud to report that we made further progress towards our sustainability goals. These include leading the sector in the switch to warm-mix asphalt, providing support to local communities around our sites, and also participating in some major workplace and careers initiatives.

‘While we are making significant progress, we have set bold environmental, social, and economic ambitions, which we’re committed to delivering.’

The robust commitments and targets set out in Tarmac’s report were developed in collaboration with an external panel, which independently advises the company on its approach to sustainability.

The successes highlighted in this year’s report include the following:

  • In July 2022, Tarmac led the UK sector in making warm-mix asphalt the default for base, binder, and surface courses, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 15%

  • In 2022, Tarmac achieved a 35% reduction per tonne of product in CO2 emissions against a 1990 baseline, and work started on the company’s roadmap to net zero, which was published in May 2023

  • A lime kiln at Tunstead was used in the world’s first net-zero hydrogen trial

  • 19,951 trees were planted on Tarmac-owned land in 2022, including more than 17,000 as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative

  • Tarmac were, once again, a net user of waste, reusing more than they produced, with more than 7 million tonnes of waste and secondary materials from other sectors used as raw materials or fuels

  • Tarmac employees recorded more than 4,450 volunteer hours in 2022

  • The company received two separate awards recognizing its achievements in providing both early careers opportunities and an inclusive and supportive workplace – the Gold award by the 5% Club and Gold Clear Assured Status

  • Tarmac’s National Skills and Safety Park successfully completed its first Ofsted inspection, passing all three assessment areas. More than 2,200 employees trained at the centre in 2022, including new starters completing operational inductions

  • In 2022, Tarmac welcomed 126 new apprentices and graduates across the UK as part of their early careers programme – the company’s largest ever cohort.

To read Tarmac’s 2022 sustainability report and find out more about the company’s sustainability goals, click here. To find the company’s recently published roadmap to net zero, click here.

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