I’ve read that major cities are cracking down on the use of diesel vehicles. Most of the mechanical plant on my construction site is diesel powered. What does this mean for my project?

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I’ve read that major cities are cracking down on the use of diesel vehicles. Most of the mechanical plant on my construction site is diesel powered. What does this mean for my project?

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As with all things, sometimes it’s a question of how you compare the figures. The current scientific viewpoint is that because diesel engines are generally more efficient than petrol, this results in lower CO2 emissions per kilometre travelled, which is the current measure used for calculating the level at which Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is applied.

Diesel engines produce lower levels of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and lead than petrol cars, but higher levels of nitrogen oxides and particulates, often referred to as “soot”.

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