Air pollution is a huge concern for major cities in the UK, particularly London. Non-road mobile machinery is responsible for approximately 10% of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions in London, so construction sites should be particularly conscious of their impact on the environment.
See the examples below for how one site addressed this:
- The site was aware that there is a large uncertainty in the emission estimates as very few measurements have been taken, with main reliance on engine testing beds and activity estimates of construction sites.
- The site therefore worked with Kings College London, Emissions Analytics and the Greater London Authority to undertake emissions testing of plant and equipment on site.
- They conducted actual air quality tests and challenged the emissions claimed on manufacturer’s details.
- The tests also allowed the contractor to test emissions abatement solutions.
This initiative sought to minimise the site’s impact on the environment and mitigate the impact of diesel particulates on operatives.
Monitor report. Mace. London. July 2017.