Earlier this month, Tarmac’s Aberthaw cement plant was happy to welcome The Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP for a visit. A regular visitor to the site, Mr Cairns returned on 13 October for an update on the site and to hear more about the company’s roadmap to reach net zero by 2050.
Mr Cairns heard about Tarmac’s commitment to reduce absolute CO₂ emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 (from a 2021 baseline) across all aspects of its business, including cement. This carbon reduction target is a major challenge, especially given the significant progress that has already been made at Aberthaw. However, plant manager, Stuart Escott, explained that his team have already hit the ground running and are excited to make further improvements.
In addition to taking on global challenges like climate change and the transition to net zero, Tarmac also remembers its role as a local business in Aberthaw and takes a proactive approach to community engagement. This includes the recent donation of a life-saving defibrillator to Barry Town Veterans FC.
Alun Cairns MP said:
“It was great to visit the Aberthaw Cement Plant, an employer of over one-hundred people from the immediate local area. We discussed net zero and I heard more about Tarmac’s ambitious decarbonisation targets, and the changes they are implementing to achieve them. I’ve visited the site a few times over the years and always enjoy the enthusiasm and commitment of the team.
“It was great to meet the engineers on site and I look forward to hearing about further progress in the future. It’s hard-working people like these that will deliver the net zero goals for industry in Wales as well as the UK’s aim of being net zero by 2050.”
Stuart Escott, plant manager, said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome Alun Cairns MP back to Tarmac Aberthaw. A lot has happened since he was last here and so it was a great opportunity to once again showcase the plant and the fantastic team we have here.
“Cement is essential for our everyday way of life and the economy, but we have to take steps to reduce the CO₂ emissions associated with its production if we are to be truly sustainable in the future. That is what we are doing at Aberthaw and I was delighted to show Alun the steps we are taking in our transition to net zero.”
For more information about Tarmac’s net zero roadmap, please visit https://tarmac.com/net-zero-roadmap/