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  Molson Focus
However, the big downside is expense, with the cost being higher than more time-tested technologies but this should decrease as adoption increases. On the positive side, there is no grid dependency and solar power can be harnessed to make hydrogen on-site so, in concept, it could be a sustainable technology.
Jason, continued, "One of the biggest considerations around the electrification of equipment on construction and quarry sites is of course infrastructure; you need somewhere to plug in.
We partner with the most innovative suppliers in the waste sector like Sennebogen who have an impressive electric heritage. Furthermore, we are also leading the rollout of new electric drive products from brands such as Terex Ecotec. Our clients know that we have the practical working knowledge to recommend an electric option where it’s appropriate;
“Electrification will however certainly proliferate at the smaller end where they can ‘plug-in;’ or on sites with fixed infrastructure. For instance, two fairly static machines operating on a waste site are comparatively straight forward for the adoption of electrically driven machines.
The Environmental, Social and Governance Agenda (ESG):
What are the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria? Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s behaviour used by socially conscious investors to screen potential investments. Environmental criteria consider how a company safeguards the environment, including corporate policies addressing climate change, for example. Social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates. Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.
Jason commented "The Government's Net Zero Strategy is driving the transition to cleaner energy and greener
technology. Businesses will need to prove net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and of course, capturing and reporting on emissions will become ever more important as a result.
How do you capture that CO2 data?
Molson Group has been developing a solution; a bespoke telematic software platform that will give companies clear insight across their entire fleet - recording CO2 output by day/machine/operator. Soon we will launch the platform accompanied by a range of other services and products which will not only enable the recording of data, but also offer tools and guidance to meaningfully change behaviours and practices."
With a clear path a client can then decide if the application can only embrace diesel usage, then how can he change the way he burns it.
While diesel engines become cleaner, smaller, and more efficient, construction equipment manufacturers are also developing diesel-electric solutions that allow them to meet the performance requirements needed for off-highway equipment, as well as operating within changing environmental regulations for both noise pollution and carbon emissions. Furthermore, pairing diesel engines with an electric drivetrain can offer the same benefits expected of electrification – improved fuel efficiency, reduced noise, lower operating costs, and reliable power – but with the added durability that is expected from diesel engines.
Jason explains further "We will be able to offer real, practical solutions. We're currently trialling our new technology with a number of clients and demonstrating how knowledge will change behaviour - if an operator can clearly see fuel usage and CO2 emissions they might turn the air-con down a few degrees or reduce idling time in order to improve the numbers.
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