Construction company thoughts on reducing diesel at desirable sites

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Construction companies are being asked to give their opinion on an industry-wide plan to cut diesel use on construction sites by more than three-quarters over the next 13 years.

Since COP 26 last year, contractors, plant companies, customers and trade bodies have been working with the Construction Leadership Council, CLC, on a draft Zero Diesel Sites Roadmap released this week.

Neil Wait, Chair of the Zero Diesel Task Force and Head of HS2 Environmental Science, said: “We remember the commitment our industry made last year in Glasgow. Our promise was to work together to deliver a net zero UK construction sector.

“We can only do this if we have a clear plan to eliminate carbon emissions from our work. We can now test our proposals to drastically reduce diesel use with industry and encourage everyone to play their part in the consultation.

The CLC said it was essential the plan was backed by those bringing about change and that the consultation would give businesses the chance to say how they can play a part and highlight challenges.

Two-year target for the removal of diesel generators from the site

Proposals in the project include an industry fuel-saving tournament, developing hydrogen as an alternative fuel source and improving the availability of grid connections to sites.

There is also a target for construction companies to reduce machine idling by 15%, a checklist for transitioning to electric as well as a catalog of factory tools and diesel efficiency. alternatives.

By 2025, the CLC wants all biofuels to be sustainably sourced and 500 companies to remove diesel generators from their sites.

Construction companies have until 2 midnightn/a of December to give their opinion on the project Road map of zero diesel sites, after which the comments will be used to develop a final version.

It is estimated that over 300,000 mobile machines are used on construction sites, many of which require a diesel generator on site.

Brokers Hank Zarihs Associates said development finance lenders would be keen to support SME builders investing in alternative energy sources.

Coinciding with COP 27, the National House Building Council, NHBC, produced a glossary to explain and standardize the language associated with carbon and energy for the housing construction industry.

NHBC’s head of standards, research and technical skills, Richard Smith, said: “For years there have been inconsistencies, which are confusing for both developers and consumers – we want to put end this and simplify the language used by everyone.”

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