Demolition contractors’ body sets timetable for low-emission fuel switch

By Steve Ducker06 August 2021

The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC), the United Kingdom’s trade association for the demolition sector, has announced that its members will be expected to phase out the use of red diesel on demolition sites and move to HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) fuel, or an alternative low-carbon solution, to tackle climate change.

The alternative fuel policy will apply for the NFDC’s 140 accredited demolition contractors and for new members. The federation will monitor the transition with all members required to demonstrate their efforts to comply by December of next year.

The NFDC said it was confident its membership will make the change to low-emission fuel

The federation said the switch to HVO fuel will reduce carbon emissions by up to 90% compared with conventional fuel.

“A number of our members have already adopted HVO fuel in favour of red diesel and we commend them for taking the moral, environmental and social responsibility to reduce carbon on demolition projects,” said NFDC CEO Howard Button.

“We are confident that our full membership will readily make the change alongside their clients, suppliers, and subcontractors within the value chain.”

NFDC members account for around 80% of all demolition works in the United Kingdom.

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