Building materials firm Tarmac has made a commitment to support the logistics industry’s journey to achieve net zero emissions.
The company has joined Logistics UK’s Route to Net Zero initiative, which aims to encourage rapid and effective decarbonisation within the sector to help the UK achieve its net zero target by 2050.
As a large-scale transporter of millions of tonnes of construction materials annually for infrastructure projects, Tarmac has already taken significant measures to optimise its transport networks and reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
Graham Waters, logistics director at Tarmac, emphasised the importance of offering customers efficient and sustainable logistics solutions while delivering construction materials safely.
He said: “Signing up to Logistics UK’s Route to Net Zero pledge marks a further step for our business, underscoring our commitment to eliminating carbon emissions from our extensive UK-wide logistics networks.”
Logistics UK commended Tarmac’s support for the initiative and its dedication to meeting net zero targets. Michelle Gardner, Deputy Director of Policy at Logistics UK, expressed anticipation for the introduction of innovative sustainability solutions from Tarmac in the future.
Tarmac has already made significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More than 90% of its heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard. The company has also introduced the UK’s first all-electric battery electric ready-mix concrete truck and the world’s first electric bond coat sprayer.
In addition, Tarmac is upgrading its corporate fleet of cars and vans to electric vehicles by 2030 as part of the global EV100 initiative. The company is also developing a roadmap to transition its entire road transport fleet away from petrol and diesel fuels.
Furthermore, Tarmac uses the rail freight network, with more than 60 rail-connected sites across the country, transporting around nine million tonnes of materials annually to contribute to a low-carbon built environment.
The company has introduced low carbon HVO fuel and “jumbo” freight trains on key routes, and is participating in the trial of an electrified rail freight terminal in Northamptonshire.
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