Sustainable Construction

Guide to Sustainable Road Building


“Accelerating the journey to net zero has never been higher on the agenda. We recognise that we, as a leader in the sector, have a key role to play in shaping our industry’s approach to sustainability and in delivering sustainable construction methods and products.”

Emma Hines, Senior Manager Sustainable Construction

Amid a climate emergency and rising commitments to net zero targets within construction and infrastructure settings, there is a pressing need for more sustainable approaches to road development and highways maintenance.

Delivering technological solutions and innovation which prioritise sustainability – from using lower carbon materials to incorporating recycled content – are key to the Tarmac approach.

With this in mind, we are proud to launch a new online framework designed to support those involved in specifying and maintaining the UK’s crucial network of roads and |highways: the Guide to Sustainable Road building.

Its launch reflects our approach as a business and is rooted in the principles and targets set out in our Sustainability Strategy. The guide also highlights solutions, technological advances and examples of best practice in a bid to inform and influence the decision-making process involved when designing high performing, yet lower carbon approaches to road development.

Covering a range of topics and expert guidance, themes include:

  • How to use lower carbon materials
  • Ways to use more recycled content
  • How to reduce material usage and avoid waste
  • Steps to build roads that last longer
  • The principles of sustainable contracting
  • Building better infrastructure and environments
  • Stories about sustainable road building and highways maintenance best practice from across the UK

Emma Hines, Senior Manager Sustainable Construction, said: “The introduction of our new guide is an important step forward to help our customers, partners and the industry to understand what innovations are currently available – leading to carbon savings, less impact on the environment and more sustainable decisions being made.”