Use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) set to reduce net CO2 emissions from construction machinery by up to 90%
BAM has committed to running all of its UK construction machinery using recycled cooking oil, contributing to goals focused on reducing carbon emissions from its activities.
Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is an advanced renewable fuel derived from waste products. While the fuel currently costs around 15% more than red diesel, it reduces net CO2 emissions by as much as 90%.
In 2020, as part of its work delivering construction and infrastructure schemes across the UK, BAM consumed 7.1m litres of red diesel, around 70% of the company’s total direct carbon footprint. HVO fuel will be provided through a new UK-wide contract
with Crown Oil, helping to support BAM’s broader strategy to make use of sustainable innovations to reduce the CO2 emissions related to its work.
Other measures include the phasing out of diesel generators and increasing use of alternative solutions such as photovoltaic cells to generate power at sites, the rollout of electric vehicles to all levels of the employee fleet, the increasing use of
low-carbon materials, such as low cement concrete, in the design, construction and management of net-zero buildings.
Whilst HVO is considered an important stepping stone to a net zero carbon position, the ultimate goal is to eliminate all internal combustion engines and opt for electrically alternatives powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. BAM is working closely
with machinery manufacturers to accelerate the deployment of electric equipment that will help power its sites more cleanly and sustainably.