Mobile hire specialist Cadman Cranes is adopting the use of hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) as a more environmentally friendly fuel alternative to regular diesel.
Recent internal calculations found that over a 12-month period, Cadman Cranes produced on average 645-tonnes of CO2, with 519-tonnes of this solely from the use of red diesel in their fleet of mobile cranes.
The firm has vowed to immediately switch 50% of its crane fleet to the new alternative, with plans for 100% adoption to be met by the end of this year.
Managing Director, Matt Waddingham, said: “We are a mobile crane company, and we can’t avoid taking these big vehicles on the road. But we can do it in the most responsible way possible by investing in the huge advances in green technology that exist right now.
“The introduction of HVO to 50% of our crane fleet will mean an immediate reduction in CO2 of 230- tonnes a year and our planned move to 100% HVO will see our carbon footprint drop by 72% overall.
“This is on top of greatly improved air quality caused by a substantial reduction in Nitrogen Oxides and particulate matter. The benefits of a switch to HVO are undeniable and for Cadman Cranes it is a vital first step on our journey to net zero carbon.”
HVO can be used as a direct, drop-in alternative to mineral diesel without changes to infrastructure or capital expenditure.
Synthesised from waste fats and vegetable oils, it is renewable, sustainable and 100% biodegradable, mixing well with pre-existing diesel.