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A collaborative approach to unlocking Net Zero

Tarmac online event

Stop, collaborate and listen: Tarmac-hosted online event outlines the net-zero opportunity

MAJOR construction and infrastructure clients recently attended a leading industry event hosted by Tarmac to discuss the technologies and behavioural changes that are needed to unlock the net-zero opportunity.

The online event, ‘A collaborative approach to sustainable, innovative construction’, provided a multi-channel opportunity to discuss the state of the UK road network, understand Tarmac’s view of the transition to net zero, as well as debate the practical steps government and industry must take to drive clean construction and deliver net zero by 2050.

Tarmac speakers including Dr Martyn Kenny, sustainability director, and Brian Kent, national technical director, discussed the findings of the company’s latest clean construction research and the results of trials into anti-ageing asphalt technology – a collaboration with Shell and TotalEnergies to develop a range of new materials to extend the lifetime of roads.

Sponsored by TotalEnergies, Agg-Net and the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation, the event secured 685 registrations and more than 1,100 interactions across the day. Over 20 technical talks featured throughout the event to provide attendees with details of innovative Tarmac materials currently available, as well as those under development.

The most attended session was a discussion on the current government strategy for achieving net zero by 2050.

Richard Needham, contracting director for North and Scotland, said: ‘To transition to net zero, the industry needs to adopt new technologies and make a cultural and behavioural shift in both approach and mindset.

‘In bringing together senior customers and supply chain partners, this event highlighted the challenges and opportunities of a net-zero industry and underlined the importance of client and supply chain engagement.’

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