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Zero pollution construction in 2020.
The Eco Telehandler vehicle has been trialled on HS2’s West Ruislip site. Compared to the traditional fuel-driven telehandler, it's estimated to have saved over 88 gallons of fuel over a week.
With the removal of pollution from emissions, it creates greener construction sites, improving air quality for workers and the local community. It also represents a significant fuel, carbon and cost-saving. Fewer refuelling vehicles means less on-site traffic, presenting operational and logistical benefits, and an improvement in safety for everyone.
Manufactured by Faresin, the environmentally-friendly electric drive vehicle provides the same performance as an equivalent conventional mode, minus the noise and emissions of a combustion engine. It also offers savings in maintenance when compared to a combustion engine telehandler.
HS2 is leading the way with green technology in order to reduce our carbon footprint across the whole project, supporting the UK’s green economic recovery and making a major contribution to the country’s 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.
Putting the environment at the heart of everything we do at HS2, the project is well placed to encourage innovations and set new standards in the industry to help improve air quality on construction sites. We’ve set ambitious targets for our supply chain to minimise whole-life carbon emissions, and Flannery have gone above and beyond these, providing an industry-first in the materials handling equipment sector.
HS2 is keen to promote the ecological benefits of the new rail link from London to Birmingham. From planting 7 million trees during phase 1 of the project, to the 7 million tonnes of CO2e saved, using electric vehicles in construction is just another tier on the list of sustainability objectives for HS2.
In a report by the Greengauge21 using the HS2 rail today would save 73% carbon emissions from an equivalent journey by car, 76% by plane. This is primarily a result of the electrical energy of rail being decarbonised.
HS2 have been hugely proactive in driving their green agenda and this is a great project to introduce this new machine. Working with SCS JV we identified the material handling requirements in this particular section as an ideal testing ground, and the site team provided good support for the process.
Flannery Plant Hire are committed to protecting the environment from the effects of our daily activities. We are passionate about making sure we go as far as possible to protect the public, and beyond that enhance the environment. We’re extremely pleased with the outcome from the trial and are now talking to SCS JV about how we roll out more vehicles across other HS2 sites.