Dunbar Plant

Energy and carbon reduction

Sustainability is at the core of Tarmac’s business and is deeply embedded in our culture. Our sustainability strategy plays a central role in our vision to become our customers’ preferred choice for sustainable construction solutions.

We have set ambitious commitments and targets based around four key themes - people, performance, planet and solutions.

The cement made at Dunbar and the range of construction materials produced by Tarmac’s business, play a vital role in the construction industry.

The UK Government has set targets around carbon reduction and sustainability, which will change the built environment. As a leader in the UK construction sector, Tarmac is set to play its part.

Read more about sustainability at Tarmac


Restoring the Old Quarry

Our former North West Quarry - now known as 'Whitesands Quarry' - was transformed into a wildlife haven, thanks to a landmark agreement with RSPB Scotland.  It is now being left to develop naturally and is a popular spot for birdwatchers.


Barns Ness Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Barns Ness was designed by David Stevenson and was first brought in to service in 1901.

After the Northern Lighthouse Board had no further use for it, Dunbar Cement Plant purchased it in 2007.

It is often used for local fundraising events, such as abseils, and receives a repaint every few years to protect it from the harsh elements.

Regulation and Governance

Our operation is strictly regulated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) through our environmental permit. We are required to meet UK legislation on air and water emission limits, and European legislation (the Waste Incineration Directive or WID) for our use of waste-derived fuels.


We have made significant improvements to our environmental performance by reducing levels of emissions.

We have high-tech systems in place to monitor all aspects of our operation in great detail and in line with the requirements of our operating permit. With some of our emissions, we have continuous (24-hour) monitors established and with others, we are required to gather data ‘extractively’ on a regular basis, as specified by SEPA.

Environment FAQs

Have you got a question on how the operation at Dunbar affects the environment? We have some helpful answers for you below.

If your question isn't here, contact us directly on [email protected]