Lendlease to end use of liquid fossil fuels on UK construction projects

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Lendlease is phasing out liquid fossil fuels such as diesel and petrol on any of its UK construction projects, as part of its commitment to tackle climate change

Under a new Alternative Fuels Policy, diesel, petrol, and gas to liquid (GTL), which are often used to power machinery onsite, as well as fuel gases such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG) typically used for heating, will need to be replaced by alternative fuels.

Alternatives include Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), hydrogen fuel cells, renewables and electrified plant when available.

This new policy will help Lendlease to eliminate diesel from its construction business, a key milestone in the company’s Roadmap to Absolute Zero Carbon.

Lendlease currently uses about 400,000 litres of diesel per year in the UK. Therefore, removing it entirely has the potential to cut carbon emissions by over 1,000 tonnes – the equivalent of growing 16,500 trees from seedlings over 10 years.

Although efforts to reduce the environmental impact of construction sites began some time ago, in 2020, Lendlease began its mission to eliminate fossil fuels from them entirely in a bid to tackle climate change.

Backed by global carbon targets to reach net-zero by 2025

Lendlease is accelerating its efforts to eliminate direct (Scope 1) emissions from burning fossil fuels across its UK construction projects. This began by trialling diesel replacements across a number of its UK construction projects, in partnership with its supply chain.

With extensive research and two successful pilots at Lendlease’s Glen Parva prison and the Manchester Town Hall project, the company is now taking its next bold step to forego diesel entirely.

The policy comes into immediate effect for new projects, with existing projects having until January 1, 2022, to comply.

Only HVO derived from used cooking oil will be accepted and must also come with Proof of Sustainability documentation. HVO is a sustainable alternative to diesel as it reduces CO₂ emissions by up to 90%, compared with conventional diesel and can be used as a ‘drop in’ replacement.

Simon Gorski, Lendlease Europe’s managing director of construction, said: “Removing diesel and other liquid fossil fuels on our UK construction projects is a big step in the right direction for us at Lendlease.

“Our end goal is to eliminate fossil fuels entirely, so mandating that all projects transition to alternative, low carbon solutions like HVO is going to help us get there.

“It won’t be a small task, and it’ll take collaboration across the entire value chain to achieve. But we are committed to working with our clients, subcontractors, and suppliers to get there and tackle climate change, together.”

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