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For most construction sites, there is significant potential for improving resource efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. We are keen to assist our clients to make these improvements and gain cost savings during the construction process.

Gathering reliable data is crucial in setting out an effective CO2 emissions reduction strategy. New fuel management systems are revolutionising this process. Smart meters, intelligent fuel tank gauges and GPS tracking systems for plant can be integrated to produce accurate data on energy use on site.

The benefits of smart fuel management systems include:

  • greatly reduced administration for site teams and management;
  • more accurate and reliable data;
  • easier reporting for the Carbon Reduction Commitment and other requirements;
  • identification of opportunities for improving resource efficiency;
  • clear feedback on the impact of CO2 reduction strategies.

Examining construction site processes is also essential when developing a CO2 emissions reduction strategy. It is important to understand the balance between different types of fuel used on site. This will depend on the stage and scale of the development, and access to energy supplies.

Electricity is more CO2 intensive than red diesel, per unit of energy (according to DEFRA’s CO2 conversion factors).  So, if the site energy demand is met by using equal amounts of electricity and red diesel (in kWh), then reducing electricity use would be the most effective strategy for cutting CO2 emissions.

Posted on May 13th, 2013