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UK demolition contractors told to phase out red diesel for vegetable oil

by Liam Turner
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The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) has told its members to phase out red diesel on demolition sites in favour of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) or an alternative low-carbon solution.

The alternative fuel policy will apply for the NFDC’s 140 accredited demolition contractors and for new members.

The NFDC says transition should begin immediately, with all members expected to demonstrate their efforts to comply by the end of 2022.

NFDC has calculated that a switch to HVO will represent a carbon emissions reduction of up to 90% when compared with conventional fuel.

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

HVO fuel can be used as a drop-in replacement in most modern machinery, without the need for modifications.

Members’ supply of HVO fuel will need to come with Proof of Sustainability documentation.

Commenting on the move, Howard Button, CEO of NFDC, said: “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.

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

Image: Gene Gallin/Shutterstock

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