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Tarmac launches 2020 Innovation Challenge

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Tarmac is calling on suppliers and partners to develop and share ideas that contribute to a reduction in industry carbon emissions as it launches its 2020 Innovation Challenge.

The company is building on the success of its inaugural Innovation Challenge in 2018, which generated over 200 ideas that drew on the knowledge and experience of a variety of experts throughout Tarmac’s supply-chain.

This year the focus is on ideas which support the continued drive to reduce carbon across the industry, following the UK becoming the first major economy to commit to achieving a net-zero society by 2050. This legislative commitment requires action from public and private organisations to allow for the development of a greener, cleaner society – the built environment will be key in meeting the challenge.

Tarmac supports the UK’s ambition of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has been making changes to its business and product portfolio.

Jeremy Greenwood, Managing Director, National Commercial and Construction Solutions at Tarmac, said: “We firmly believe in supporting the development of a low carbon, resilient built environment fit for the future and recognise that collaborative working will be key meeting the collective challenge our industry faces.”

Jonathan Harry, Procurement Director at Tarmac said: “Our supply chain has an important role to play in helping drive forward these ambitions and that’s why we’re really excited to see the creative and innovative responses to this year’s Innovation Challenge. I’d encourage both our prospective and existing supply chain partners to submit their ideas - all ideas, however big or small.”

Responses to the Innovation Challenge must be submitted by 21 February 2020 via an online portal hosted by Leading Edge Only (LEO), a global innovation platform connecting businesses, universities and creative thinkers with relevant technologies and expertise (

Once the closing date has passed, all entries will be reviewed by Tarmac who will then invite submitters of the best ideas to join the 2020 Innovation Forum on 26 March. Finalists will be invited to present to a panel of senior business leaders who will select the winning idea. The winner will gain the opportunity to work in partnership with Tarmac with the option of seed capital to bring the idea to life.

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