The construction and building materials firm Tarmac UK has revealed that it has reached a major HGV fleet milestone.
This is part of its commitment to move its entire fleet of heavy goods vehicles to Euro 6 standards by the end of 2021.
And this week, the company has declared that 90% of its HGV fleet is now compliant with the benchmark environmental regulations.
This comes with the 1,750th HGV in the Tarmac fleet meeting Euro 6 emissions standards.
UK’s largest HGV fleet
Tarmac runs one of the UK’s largest HGV fleets which includes rigid tippers, tankers and mixers.
The Euro 6 standard was unveiled in 2015 and imposed on the HGV sector the most stringent regulations to date.
The rules on emissions are designed to ensure that both diesel and petrol vehicle engines produce lower levels of harmful nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and carbon monoxide.
Tarmac’s senior manager of national transport, Sean McGrae, told FleetSpeak: “It is vital as a leading sustainable business that we continue to improve the emission standards for our vehicles.
“We have been accelerating the process as part of our environmental commitments.”
Tarmac’s 1,750th vehicle reaches Euro 6 compliance
He added that having Tarmac’s 1,750th vehicle reach Euro 6 compliance was a ‘significant achievement’.
Mr McGrae said: “By the end of 2021, we are on course for 100% of our HGVs to reach the standard and will represent the culmination of a strategic, comprehensive four-year process.”
That process is part of Tarmac’s bid to support their partners and clients to share in their net-zero ambitions and includes various local UK authorities.
The Tarmac fleet also includes mechanical moving floor articulated trailers, and their HGVs are operated by professional and trained drivers as well as contract hauliers.
Tarmac says that all of their professional driving community has been engaged directly in the firm’s Euro 6 rollout process.
Behavioural and technology changes needed
To underline its commitment to achieving lower emissions, Tarmac has recently hosted a major industry event to discuss the behavioural and technology changes needed to deliver net-zero opportunities.
The online event also discussed the state of the road network in the UK and looked at how Tarmac is moving to net zero over the coming years.
The discussion also looked at the practical steps that the industry and government could take to help deliver net-zero and clean-up construction by 2050.
The firm’s contracting director for North and Scotland, Richard Needham, said: “The industry needs to adopt new technologies to transition to net zero and make a behavioural and cultural shift in both its mindset and approach.
“The event highlighted the opportunities and challenges of a net-zero industry and the importance of supply chain and client engagement.”