Carnell takes Speedy route to emissions cut

09/03/2021
Chris Ames

Highways contractor Carnell has said it plans to expand its use of renewable fuel after a trial cut its CO2e emissions on a scheme by 90%.

The work in Carlisle, delivered with construction services provider Speedy, used Green D+ HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel, to power lighting equipment and the site compound for a Highways England central reserve barrier upgrade project on the M6.

The scheme, which spans six kilometres between junction 42 and 43, has used more than 4,300 litres of the renewable fuel since October.

Speedy said this meant emitting just 0.15 tonnes of CO2e, compared to the 11.1 tonnes expected from standard diesel. It explained that, although this is a reduction of approximately 98.5% in terms of the fuel burnt, a ‘well to wheel’ calculation that takes into account lower savings in the production process works out at a 90% reduction in emissions.

Carnell said it now expects to increase the use of Speedy Green D+ HVO fuel on further projects.

The contractor works with Highways England, transport authorities and Tier One maintenance service providers on projects such as bridge replacements and major intersection improvements.

It said Speedy chose Green D+ HVO fuel as its preferred low-emission fuel solution last year after a commitment to reduce emissions for its clients.

Lee Gill, plant and transport director at Carnell, said: ‘Our responsibility for safety extends beyond the physical infrastructure that we’re contracted to build and maintain. Switching to low-emission renewable fuel will minimise the impact we have on the communities we build for by ensuring we contribute towards reducing local air pollution.’

Mike Derome, head of fuel at Speedy, said: ‘Green D+ HVO fuel is an exciting addition to our portfolio, with its potential to significantly reduce the industry’s impact on the environment.

‘We’re actively investing in our renewable fuel division to help the industry make the switch as operators strive to slash pollution, while achieving the same performance as regular diesel in the same equipment with no modification requirements.’

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