Tarmac invites submissions to its 2023 Innovation Challenge

November 7, 2023

Tarmac is inviting submissions to its fourth annual Innovation Challenge, open to existing and new suppliers, university teams and any organisations or individuals with an idea to support the acceleration of the company’s journey to net zero.

For this year’s challenge, entrants are being encouraged to submit ideas on circularity – focusing on new technologies, innovations and solutions which are or have the potential to be ready for integration, to further drive the business’ circular economy ambitions.

The winning entry will then be brought to life in partnership with the UK’s leading sustainable construction solutions company, as it builds on significant progress in embedding sustainability across all of its operations, delivering emissions reductions and maximising the reuse of materials.

Jonathan Harry, Tarmac’s procurement director, said: “The creativity, passion, and potential we have seen over the past three years of running the Innovation Challenge has been outstanding and we’re excited to be running the challenge once again this year.

“We’re looking to our network for breakthrough technologies which could improve our adoption of circular economy principles across the business, transforming the way we operate. We’d encourage anyone with an idea – however big or small – to get involved.”

Since launching the first innovation challenge in 2019 Tarmac has brought forward a range of ideas in partnership with suppliers, from reduced plastic packaging through to vehicles like the UK’s first all-electric concrete mixer, and totally new-to-market innovations.

The company is committed to supporting the delivery of a lower carbon built environment and has set out ambitious goals to achieve by 2030 and beyond in its ACT Sustainability Strategy.

Responses to the Innovation Challenge can be submitted online at https://crh-external.eu.brightidea.com/ct/c_es.php by 17 November 2023. Finalists will be reviewed by a panel of internal subject matter experts – with the winner unveiled during Tarmac’s Supplier Sustainability Week, which commences on 27 November 2023.

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