Emissions calculator developed to promote greener site equipment

The calculator is part of a drive to halve diesel use on site over the next eight years (Jamar Penny/Unsplash)
Global temporary power company Aggreko has launched an environmental calculator to allow contractors to audit harmful emissions from their onsite equipment.

The tool, which is accessible on the Aggreko website, has been developed to help customers find greener alternatives to diesel for their equipment. It will show site and procurement managers real-life savings in carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions, alongside overall fuel consumption.

Chris Rason, managing director of Aggreko Northern Europe, said the calculator was essential to the decarbonisation of the construction industry. He commented: “It is vital that decision-makers immediately identify all areas in which the environmental impact of their operations can be reduced. It is in this vein that our new emissions calculator has been launched, in order to assist those responsible for site power pragmatically transition to greener solutions via a data-driven approach.”

He added: “Each small switch now adds up to make a big difference over the long term. The fact the calculator can show bespoke alternatives to traditional diesel generator set-ups that can deliver environmental savings on-site is key to this.”

The calculator is intended to nudge companies towards choosing technologies such as Stage V generators – which comply with the latest EU emissions limits – and hybrid battery systems, alongside alternative fuels such as hydrotreated vegetable oil.

The calculator is part of Aggreko’s Greener Upgrades programme, intended to reduce pollution across the construction supply chain. The company is aiming to reduce diesel use by at least 50% by 2030.

Aggreko, which is a listed company now based in Glasgow, was founded in the Netherlands in 1962 and now has a turnover of £1.4bn. It was bought by two private equity firms in April last year in a deal valued at £2.3bn.

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