What are construction firms’ thoughts on slashing diesel on sites?

News Posted 18/11/22
Construction companies are being asked for their views on an industry-wide plan to slash diesel use on building sites by more than three quarters within the next 13 years.

Since last year’s COP26, contractors, plant firms, clients and trade bodies have been working with the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) on a draft zero diesel sites route map, which was published this month.

The CLC said it was vital the plan was backed by those delivering change and that the consultation would give firms the chance to say how they can play a part and highlight any challenges.

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

There’s also a target of construction firms reducing machine idling by 15%, a checklist for transitioning to electric, and a catalogue of diesel-alternative plant and efficiency tools.

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

Construction firms have until midnight on 2 December to give their feedback on the draft Zero Diesel Sites Route Map, after which comments will be used to develop a final version.

There is an estimated 300,000 mobile machinery used on construction sites with many requiring an on-site diesel fuelled generator.

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

Coinciding with COP27, the National House Building Council (NHBC) has produced a glossary to explain and standardise language associated with carbon and energy for the housebuilding industry.

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