It’s no secret that mobile cranes are notoriously unfriendly to the environment and play a key role in the production of harmful CO2 emissions found in today’s working landscape. Although manufacturer emissions continue to improve, their exceptionally heavy road-bearing weight and requirement for high-powered, diesel-thirsty engines contribute to the 26 million tonnes of CO2 produced by road going vehicles each year. Immediate action is required to improve sustainability, reduce carbon emissions and work towards a greener future – and it’s not as difficult as you might think.
Recent calculations found that over a 12-month period, Cadman Cranes produced on average 645-tonnes of CO2, with 519-tonnes of this solely from the use of red diesel in their fleet of mobile cranes. With internal discussions already heavily centred around future goals for carbon neutrality, now was the perfect time to take the leap with the move to HVO fuel and take the lead on what could be considered one of the biggest transitions the mobile crane industry will ever face.
Cadman Cranes have vowed to immediately switch 50% of their crane fleet to the new alternative, with plans for 100% adoption to be met by the end of 2021. As part of the Milbank Group, this switchover is set to play a major role in the Group’s overarching sustainability strategy to contribute towards a cleaner planet.
Managing Director, Matt Waddingham, said: “We are a mobile crane company, and we can’t avoid taking these big vehicles on the road. But we can do it in the most responsible way possible by investing in the huge advances in green technology that exist right now. The introduction of HVO to 50% of our crane fleet will mean an immediate reduction in CO2 of 230-tonnes a year and our planned move to 100% HVO will see our carbon footprint drop by 72% overall. This is on top of greatly improved air quality caused by a substantial reduction in Nitrogen Oxides and particulate matter. The benefits of a switch to HVO are undeniable and for Cadman Cranes it is a vital first step on our journey to net zero carbon.”
HVO meets EN 15940 standards and the Fuel Quality Directive 2009/30/EC Annex II, so can be used as a direct, drop-in alternative to mineral diesel. It can used without changes to infrastructure or capital expenditure, removing cost barriers and enabling a practical step towards decarbonisation. Synthesised from waste fats and vegetable oils, it is renewable, sustainable and 100% biodegradable, mixing well with pre-existing diesel. It has been readily approved by many of the large OEM engine manufacturers and boasts an impressive storage life of up to 10-years.
This announcement is a major steppingstone in Cadman Cranes vision for carbon neutrality and they are encouraging others where possible to get on board and make the change. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to discuss logistics and the available supply-chain, you can contact Cadman Cranes directly on [email protected] or by calling 01206 986610.
Part of the Milbank Group, Cadman Cranes is the leading mobile crane hire company in Essex and East Anglia with over 50 years’ experience and a reputation for quality, reliability and safety. Working from a multitude of depots across the East of England, they are well positioned to offer mobile crane hire on a CPA Crane Hire or CPA Contract Lift basis to south-east England.
Their diverse fleet includes mobile cranes from 7 to 180 tonne capacity and a unique selection of mini cranes, compact crawler cranes, truck mounted Böcker cranes, lorry cranes and specialist lifting equipment – most notably an innovative remote-controlled hydraulic grab, attaching to the hook of their mobile cranes.
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