In an interesting move in the UK, which could have ramifications in the US, aggregates giant Tarmac has signed up to EV100 – a global initiative aimed at bringing together businesses committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).
Tarmac says the move is part of a focus on carbon reduction and follows a company-wide switch to 100% clean electricity which allows all sites in the UK to use electricity supplied through wind and solar sources.
The construction solutions business plans to upgrade its fleet of 2,000 corporate cars and vans to EVs by 2030. It also wants to install EV charging points and infrastructure in key business locations.
Jonathan Harry, procurement director at Tarmac, says: “We are fully committed to supporting the UK’s ambition of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and have been proactive in making significant changes to our business and product portfolio for many years.”
“The road to a reduction in carbon requires collective action and sustainable procurement strategies have an important role to play in supporting these ambitions,” he continues.
“By taking progressive actions such as adopting EV technology and switching to clean electricity, we can lead by example and begin to effect real change.”
Environmental charity The Climate Group launched the EV100 project with the aim of making electric transport the new normal by 2030.
Helen Clarkson, CEO at The Climate Group, says: “The building and construction sector is responsible for approximately 40% of global energy demand, so we urgently need them to step up on climate action.
“We congratulate Tarmac on joining EV100 and showing a commitment to clean transport, leading the way to a healthier and more sustainable built environment.
“We hope to see more companies in this field take such action.”