Phoenix Brickwork is switching its entire on-site fleet to using to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as fuel, slashing CO2 emissions by up to 90%.
Working with several fuel suppliers across the UK, the team at Phoenix has plans to adopt the use of HVO fuel in all 12 of its telehandlers immediately, with all equipment to follow by April this year.
Using HVO will also significantly reduce the emissions of nitrous oxide, particulate matter, and carbon monoxide in Phoenix’s fleet.
Commenting on the development, Christian Watson, managing director at Phoenix, said: “With the environmental health of the industry now in sharp focus, the government’s commitment to achieving UK net zero targets for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and new regulations regarding the use of red diesel, urgent action is needed by individuals and industry alike.
“With our main contractors coming under increasing scrutiny in respect of their environmental accountability, we are pleased to be able to contribute positively to their green credentials, by eliminating the use of diesel altogether in our on-site fleet.”
Craig Barron, plant and fleet manager at Phoenix Brickwork, added: “It’s rewarding to be a part of such a forward-thinking firm that is planning for sustainability as it grows.
“We hope that many of our fellow construction industry colleagues will soon follow our lead.”