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Tue January 18 2022

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Phoenix switches to HVO

4 days Phoenix Brickwork, and East Midlands-based brickwork, scaffolding and drywall contractor, has committed to switch all its site machinery to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

Phoenix Brickwork's telehandlers are now fuelled by HVO
Phoenix Brickwork's telehandlers are now fuelled by HVO

Working with several fuel suppliers across the UK, Phoenix is adopting the use of HVO fuel in all 12 of its telehandlers immediately, with other equipment to follow by April this year.

This move will deliver a 90% reduction in the company’s on-site machinery emissions.

While HVO is cleaner than regular diesel and contributes to engine longevity, it is more expensive to purchase and is taxed at the same rate. However, Phoenix Brickwork managing director Christian Watson says it is worth the extra cost.

He said: “With the environmental health of the industry now in sharp focus, the government’s commitment to achieve UK net zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and new regulations regarding the use of red diesel, urgent action is needed by individuals and industry alike.

“With our main contractors coming under increasing scrutiny in respect of their environmental accountability, we are pleased to be able to contribute positively to their green credentials, by eliminating the use of diesel altogether in our on-site fleet.

“It is no longer a matter of if change is needed, but when, and at Phoenix Brickwork, we believe the time is now, irrespective of the increased cost of this more sustainable fuel.”

Plant and fleet manager Craig Barron added: “It’s rewarding to be a part of such a forward-thinking firm that is planning for sustainability as it grows. We hope that many of our fellow construction industry colleagues will soon follow our lead.”

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