Mobile crane hire specialist, Cadman Cranes is adopting sustainable hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) as a more environmentally friendly fuel alternative to diesel
Recent calculations revealed 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.
With internal discussions already centered around future goals for carbon neutrality, Cadman decided to take the leap and move to HVO fuel.
The company has vowed to immediately switch 50% of its mobile crane fleet to the new alternative, with plans for 100% adoption to be met by the end of 2021.
As part of the Milbank Group, this switchover is set to play a major role in the group’s sustainability strategy to contribute towards a cleaner planet.
Matt Waddingham, managing director of Cadman Cranes, 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 fuel meets EN 15940 standards and the Fuel Quality Directive 2009/30/EC Annex II, so can be used as a direct, drop-in alternative to mineral diesel.
It can used without changes to infrastructure or capital expenditure, removing cost barriers and enabling a practical step towards decarbonisation.
Synthesised from waste fats and vegetable oils, it is renewable, sustainable and 100% biodegradable, mixing well with pre-existing diesel.