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HS2 achieves first diesel-free construction site

HS2 has announced its first zero-emissions site.

The Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV) operates the Canterbury Road Vent Shaft site in South Kilburn, employing a variety of diesel-free technologies and greener equipment.

One of the UK’s first 160 tonne emissions-free fully electric crawler cranes, the use of biofuels (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) to power plant and machinery on site, an electric compressor, and access to mains power on a 100 percent renewable energy tariff are among the innovations on the site.

Peter Miller, HS2’s Environment Director said: “We’re delighted to reach this key milestone in our Net Zero Carbon Plan.

“HS2 is playing a major role in the decarbonisation of the construction industry, collaborating with the industry and our supply chain to accelerate innovation in low-carbon technologies.

“Reducing emissions and improving air quality on HS2 construction sites is crucial for both the environment and surrounding communities.”

James Richardson, Managing Director of SCS said: “We’re thrilled that Canterbury Road Vent Shaft has become the first diesel-free site on the HS2 project.

“We’re working hard with our supply chain to introduce renewable energy, green hydrogen and sustainable biofuels to help us remove diesel entirely from our sites by 2023.”