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Tarmac set out ambitious sustainability goals

Tarmac sustainability strategy

Company builds on long-term sustainability strategy with 2030 goals and commits to net zero by 2050

BUILDING on their sustainability strategy, Tarmac have set out ambitious goals for the company to achieve by 2030 and beyond.

The 2030 goals build on the company’s long-term strategy which, over the last six years, has seen it successfully cut CO2 by 24% per tonne of product (against a 1990 baseline) and recover, recycle, and reuse more than 50 million tonnes of waste from other sectors, for use as a fuel or as a constituent material, in the manufacture of its products.

Aligned to Tarmac’s commercial strategy and corporate purpose, the sustainability strategy focuses on three key themes that are central to business operations and customers: people, planet, and solutions.

Against each of these themes, Tarmac have identified key priority areas of focus and set ambitious commitments, alongside specific goals and detailed performance targets.

The company’s commitments include:

  • To develop a zero-harm culture that enables positive mental, social, and financial well-being
  • To continue to build an inclusive and diverse workforce and upskill employees to provide more opportunities and meet future business needs
  • To be net zero before 2050 and cut CO2 by 45% per tonne of product by 2030 (against a 1990 baseline)
  • To manage climate risks and opportunities across all Tarmac sites and use land assets to deploy nature-based solutions to reduce CO2 and achieve biodiversity net gain
  • To use more than 70 million tonnes of waste from other industries, as alternative fuels, in its processes and products
  • To ensure 100% of procured goods and services are responsibly sourced.

Tarmac’s approach and performance against their sustainability goals continues to be reviewed by an external sustainability panel that provides expert advice and acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the company, challenging its sustainability policies.

Commenting on the launch of the next phase of the sustainability strategy, Tarmac’s sustainability director, Dr Martyn Kenny, said: ‘This is an important evolution of our long-term strategy and confirms our commitment to be net zero before 2050.

‘Over the last few years, we have made considerable progress to embed sustainability across our operations, delivering emissions reduction and maximizing the reuse of materials. Our commitments are robust, and we continue to work together with our external sustainability panel to ensure that they not only challenge us as a company, but that they help us to deliver improved environmental, social, and economic outcomes for the UK.’

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