Last reviewed 21 June 2022

The company building Britain’s new high speed, low carbon railway has announced that its first completely diesel-free site is the Canterbury Road Vent Shaft site in South Kilburn where HS2’s civils contractor Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV) has introduced a range of diesel-free technologies and greener equipment.

Innovations on this site include one of the UK’s first 160 tonne emissions-free fully electric crawler cranes; the use of biofuels (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) to power plant and machinery on site, an electric compressor and access to mains power on a 100% renewable energy tariff.

The SCS JV also uses CESAR Emissions Compliance Verification which is a resilient system to show the EU Stage engine emission class of all construction plant.

Earlier this year, HS2 Ltd announced that the project aims to be net-zero carbon from 2035, with the target of achieving its first diesel-free construction site in 2022, and all of its construction sites being diesel-free by 2029.

HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “This, the first of many diesel-free sites, is another example of how the country’s biggest infrastructure project not only delivers on its commitment to be Net Zero from 2035, but is a pioneer in leading the whole industry to cleaner, greener construction.”

HS2’s Net Zero Carbon Plan sets out how it will achieve new carbon reduction milestones, support the decarbonisation of the UK construction sector and reduce the carbon footprint of the programme.

Other sites are set to follow suit, with innovations including retrofit technologies, biofuels and hydrogen and solar power helping to cut carbon across the whole of the route.