Skanska is one of the UK's leading contractors, best known for major projects such as the Gherkin, the M25 and Crossrail. Drawing on their Scandinavian heritage, they are a green, innovative and progressive organisation, whose aim is to be the leading green contractor and developer by achieving a near-zero impact on the environment. Specifically they have committed to build with net-zero carbon emissions on all of its UK projects by 2045.
Skanska will see it cut carbon and harmful air emissions by using HVO to power all site plant and equipment including their supply chain partners. This will equate to a 90% saving in CO2e and an 85% reduction in other emission particulates. They are the first fully integrated construction and facilities management company to take on HVO completely across their business.
While new electric and hydrogen substitutes are in development, construction machinery requires significant power. This technology is not currently available at the scale and pace needed for significant construction operations, undertaken by Skanska.
The decision to use HVO is a strategic step-change approach that acts on significantly reducing emissions associated with plant and equipment, for the immediate term.
Adam Crossley, Skanska director of environment, said: “The shift to HVO is something we can do to reduce our emissions today. While our ambition is to move to hydrogen or electrification for construction plant as fast as technology allows, HVO is a major step in the right direction on our journey to net-zero carbon.”
Source: Bio-fuels News 19th April & Skanska.co.uk