According to the London Atmospheric Inventory, construction sites are responsible for approximately 7.5% of nitrogen oxide emissions, 8% of large particle emissions, and 14.5% of fine particle emissions. The majority of these emissions derive from machinery, vehicles, and construction transport, all of which are a significant contributor to air pollution.
Considering how the construction industry is reliant on machinery and vehicles in its everyday working practices, it is imperative that the industry invests in greener, more sustainable alternatives. Many modern vehicles now have start-stop technology, and the construction industry must be no exception. In order to reduce the number of idling vehicles and machinery on construction sites, and to lower carbon emissions, the construction industry must start using vehicles and machinery with start-stop technology.
Start-stop technology automatically shuts down and restarts the vehicle or machine’s engine when it is stationary to reduce the amount of time it is idling. Start-stop technology is valuable technology for reducing the number of idling vehicles and machines being used in the construction industry, and for improving air quality. In fact, the energy recovery from start-stop technology is around 30% like-for-like. Other environmental and societal benefits include lowering carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency, enhancing sustainability, and reducing fuel consumption.
A number of companies are supplying the construction industry with vehicles and machines installed with start-stop technology.
For example, Ryder, a leading UK provider of specialist construction vehicles, is providing the industry with the latest technology, including vehicles with start-stop systems to reduce exhaust emissions.
Bosch Rexroth is providing the construction industry with hydraulic start-stop functions on plant machinery to reduce fuel consumption and the number of idling machinery used on construction sites.
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