As announced in mid-February this year, the UK’s leading lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, would become the first national crane company in the world to commit to using HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) across its entire fleet, representing a key milestone in the construction industry’s journey to net zero.
Now, the 1st of April marks the historic moment that Ainscough officially becomes the first crane company in the world to become a carbon-neutral business.
This has been achieved through the move to HVO fuel for Ainscough’s 400+ cranes and 30+ transport and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in combination with wider environmental initiatives across the business, including:
• Substantially increasing number of Stage V engines in Ainscough’s fleet
• Encouraging sustainable life choices amongst staff
• Smart lighting and upgrades to heating systems
Ainscough is now the first national crane firm in the world to be fully powered by low‐emission fuel, supported by its UK-wide depot and refuelling network. This represents the first major phase of the firm’s transition to a net-zero operation by 2025.
Peter Gibbs, chief executive officer, Ainscough Crane Hire said: “This has been a really exciting period for our business, and we’re proud to celebrate putting our words into action. The reaction across the industry to the announcements we made in February has been brilliant, and the 1st of April marks an important new chapter for our business as we step forward into a new era of eco-friendly crane operation as we go fully carbon neutral.
“However, by no means is our work done. We will continue to invest in innovation and support new technology that enables us to continue to deliver safe and efficient lifting solutions while simultaneously doing our bit to protect the planet for future generations, helping to create a sustainable future for all.”