Tarmac paves the way in post-ESOS efficiency report

Construction firm Tarmac has ramped up its energy efficiency efforts through the roll out of on-site technologies, the uptake of demand-response, and the development of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiencies across the business.

The CSR report highlights that Tarmac is making “good progress” towards its 2020 target of a 37 per cent reduction in carbon emissions after reaching a 27 per cent fall by the end of 2015.

In its 2015 sustainability report released this week, Tarmac specifically highlights an attainment of the ISO 50001 energy management standard across the Birmingham-based firm's estate.

Achieving ISO 50001 certification effectively enabled Tarmac to “further raise the profile of energy with managers and on-site staff” and made it one of the first companies in the construction sector to comply with the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), the report states.

Overall, the report notes that Tarmac is making “good progress” towards its 2020 target of a 37 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from a 1990 baseline, after reaching a 27 per cent fall by the end of 2015.

Throughout the year, Tarmac identified further opportunities to improve site efficiency through various technology advancements. For instance, at its Linford site in Essex, the firm managed to reduce gas and electricity consumption by more than 25 per cent in 2015 through changes including improved boiler efficiency, the implementation of LED lighting and optimised compressed air systems.

“Sustainability remains a cornerstone of managing the long-term future of our business, and plays a fundamental role in shaping our growth strategy,” write Tarmac's senior vice presidents Martin Riley and Oliver Mahon in the report.

“It also underpins our Group vision of being the world’s leading building materials company, through a sustainability framework that creates value for all stakeholders in a consistent, sustainable and responsible way.

“For Tarmac, it encompasses how we build stronger relationships with customers and anticipate their requirements; how we keep our people safe; how we build a business that people want to work for; how we develop our operations and solutions in a way that optimises environmental, social and economic performance; how we ensure strong financial and ethical governance; and how we foster ever closer relationships with local communities around our sites. These are all business-critical issues at the heart of our sustainability strategy.”

Tarmac's energy reduction achievements were further helped last year through a partnership with demand-side response (DSR) company Open Energi, which resulted in the installation of more than 200 bitumen tanks at around 70 of the firm’s asphalt plants.

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