Skanska strides forward on its net-zero carbon target by tackling plant and equipment emissions with new fuel source

Press release 01/04/2021 11:00 CET

Skanska continues to act on its pledge to become net-zero carbon by 2045, with the issue of a new framework agreement which will see it cut carbon (CO2e) and harmful air emissions by using low emission, high performance fuel Green D+, a hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel to power all site plant and equipment.

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The framework agreement which extends to Skanska’s supply chain partners, will see Green Biofuels Ltd supply Green D+, which is certified under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification scheme and exclusively generated from waste or secondary renewal source material. This will equate to a 90% saving in CO2e and an 85% reduction in other emission particulates.

Whilst new electric and hydrogen substitutes are in development, construction machinery requires significant power; however, this technology is not currently available at the scale and pace needed for significant construction operations, undertaken by Skanska.

The decision to use Green D+ is a strategic step-change approach that acts on significantly reducing emissions associated with plant and equipment, for the immediate term.

Adam Crossley, Skanska Director of Environment, said:

"The shift to Green D+ HVO is something we can do to reduce our emissions today. Whilst our ambition is to move to hydrogen or electrification for construction plant as fast as technology allows, Green D+ HVO is a major step in the right direction on our journey to net-zero carbon.”

Magnus Hammick, COO of Green Biofuels added, “Skanska UK is the first fully integrated construction and facilities management company to take on Green D+ HVO completely across their business, not just in one vertical.  We congratulate them on making a difference today by saving CO2e and improving air quality.

“Skanska will be able to monitor the difference they make via our smart tank solution for mapping and controlling energy usage on site, accurately recording their CO2e reductions.”