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Lafarge Tarmac publish 2014 Sustainability Report

Dr Martyn Kenny

Company demonstrates commitment to sustainability with publication of online report

LAFARGE Tarmac have reaffirmed their commitment to creating a more sustainable built environment with the publication of their online 2014 Sustainability Report.

The report highlights the fundamental role that whole-life thinking plays in driving the company’s transformational business vision, supporting UK sustainability targets and delivering sustainable solutions with its customers.

Dr Martyn Kenny, sustainability director at Lafarge Tarmac, said: ‘We are embedding sustainability into everything we do; it’s about securing long-term success for our business, customers and communities.

‘In creating construction solutions that are relevant to every aspect of the built environment, we recognize our responsibility to grow our business in a way that is good for people and the environment. We are transforming our business by thinking holistically about our operations, products and services; pushing the boundaries to help create more sustainable buildings and infrastructure.’

The 2014 report sets out progress against the company’s long-term ambitious commitments to transform the business against four key themes of People, Planet, Performance and Solutions.  The targets were developed with input from Lafarge Tarmac’s External Sustainability Panel, which is made up of leading experts in a range of disciplines.

Key achievements outlined in the document include:

People

  • Recruitment of 91 new apprentices, higher apprentices and graduate trainees in 2014
  • Launch of new employee learning and development academy

Planet

  • Carbon emissions cut by 23% per tonne of product since 1990
  • Recycled more than 7.7 million tonnes of wastes and secondary materials from other sectors during 2014

Performance

  • Multi-million pound investment in state-of-the-art, efficient plant, and mobile equipment, to help deliver more sustainable solutions for customers
  • Strengthened business with two significant acquisitions – Euromix and Tarmac Building Products

Solutions

  • A sector first in launching BIM Objects for ready-mixed concrete to help customers build more sustainably and efficiently
  • Product innovation via new sustainable construction solutions, such as low-temperature asphalt, permeable concrete and lower-carbon cements
  • More than 3,000 product carbon footprints provided to help customers understand the whole-life carbon impact of their projects.

Commenting on the progress made, Dr Kenny (pictured) said: ‘We are proud of the progress we’ve made on our journey of transformational change and sustainability leadership as we work towards delivering our ambitious sustainability strategy by focusing on the issues that are of most importance to our stakeholders and our business.’

A key part of Lafarge Tarmac’s approach to sustainability is the championing of collaborative working, which the company believes has a vital role to play in delivering industry targets.

Dr Kenny added: ‘As well as reducing the carbon footprint of our own products, we are engaging early with customers to embed whole-life thinking and help them design and build more-sustainable, low-carbon buildings and infrastructure.’

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