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HS2 moves towards diesel free construction sites

11 February 2022/Categories: Industry News, Active Travel & Travel Planning, Rail, Transport Planning, Net-Zero


HS2’s move towards diesel free construction sites began this month with three fully electric crawler cranes arriving at HS2 sites in London. This has followed on from the UK’s first trial of an electric crawler crane at HS2’s Curzon Street Station site in Birmingham last year.

There are only five of these 100% emissions-free, giant Liebherr cranes in the world and three are being used for the first time in the UK at HS2’s Old Oak Common site and Canterbury Road vent shaft site.

The cranes aim to cut carbon, improve air quality, and reduce noise, making sites cleaner and safer for site workers and local communities.

HS2 recently announced that the project aims to be net zero carbon from 2035, with the target of achieving diesel-free construction sites by 2029.

HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson said:

“HS2 is paving the way for greener and cleaner practices by working towards being net zero carbon from 2035, having diesel-free construction sites by 2029 and committing to trains running on zero carbon energy from day one.”

“Having the UK’s first fully electric crawler cranes begin work on HS2 is the latest step in making these commitments a reality and aligning the country’s biggest infrastructure project with the Government’s ambitions for a greener transport.”

HS2’s Air Quality Lead, Andrea Davidson, added :

“As a result of HS2’s strict emissions requirements and our move towards diesel free construction sites by 2029, our contractors and supply chain are constantly pushing the boundaries to find ways to cut carbon emissions. We’re delighted that we’re leading the industry by introducing the UK’s first large fully electric crawler cranes, making our HS2 sites cleaner and greener.”

 

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