Climate Action

Tarmac reaches major milestone for HGV emissions standards


“As a leading sustainable business it is vital that we continue to actively improve the emissions standards for all of our vehicles, and we continue to accelerate this process as part of our wide-ranging environmental commitments.”

John Anderson, National Logistics Director

We continued improving the emissions standards across our haulage fleet with the 1,750th heavy goods vehicle now compliant with Euro 6 emissions standards. This major milestone was achieved through ongoing collaboration with our contract haulier community and means that more than 90% of our vehicles are now fully in line with the benchmark environmental regulations.

Introduced in 2015, Euro 6 standards are the industry’s most stringent to date and are designed to ensure both petrol and diesel vehicle engines have reduced harmful levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions and particulate matter.

John Anderson, National Logistics Director, Tarmac, said “Having our 1,750th vehicle become Euro 6 compliant is a significant achievement. A key part of our overall logistics vision is a modal shift from road to lower carbon rail utilising our extensive national rail network and terminals.

This includes, working in partnership with global businesses we are demonstrating through use of telematics data insight our carbon footprint and increased fuel efficiency of vehicles. We are continuing to trial emissions reducing fuel additives and drop-in diesel alternatives through 2022, which includes the use of HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) on rail and road. Furthermore, we are committed to trialling zero emission vehicles as they become operationally viable, including battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell.

Our approach demonstrates our support for our clients and partners who share our sustainability ambitions, including local authorities across the UK – many of whom have been declaring climate emergencies and beginning to introduce clean air zones.”