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Tarmac quarry awarded Carbon Trust Standard

TARMAC’s Coxhoe Quarry, in Co. Durham, has become the first hard rock quarry in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, after the company cut 175 tonnes of carbon during the past three years. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s first carbon award that requires organizations to measure, manage and reduce their carbon footprint.

Coxhoe introduced a number of initiatives, which included reducing operational energy use, avoiding business travel where possible and more sustainable sourcing. All Tarmac staff at the quarry were involved in the initiatives and presentations were organized to inform on-site operatives of the importance of linking carbon and energy.

Following feedback on areas where energy savings could be made, a crew bus to transport employees from the quarry office to the quarry face (a distance of 400m) was installed, saving 25 tonnes of carbon, and the site’s asphalt plant dryer was re-insulated, increasing its fuel efficiency by 1%.

A dedicated ‘carbon team’ of staff at the quarry monitored energy use over three years and recorded accurate energy data. Following a rigorous assessment by the Carbon Trust Standard, the quarry was recognized for reducing its overall carbon emissions by nearly 4%.

Congratulating Coxhoe Quarry on its achievement, Harry Morrison, general manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, said: ‘Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof that an organization has taken genuine action to reduce their direct impact on climate change by cutting carbon emissions. The standard provides this credibility and we encourage more organizations to follow Tarmac in making this commitment.’

Thanking and congratulating all those who were involved in attaining the award, Simon Phillips, Tarmac’s North and Scotland executive director, commented: ‘As a business, we are committed to sustainability, and being awarded the Carbon Trust Standard demonstrates that we are taking real action on climate change at our quarries. We now plan on using Coxhoe Quarry as an example of best practice and will ensure other quarries undertake similar initiatives.’

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