Advance Construction Scotland switches to biofuel

ADVANCE Construction Scotland has announced that its entire haulage fleet is now powered by green biofuel.

It comes as part of the Bellshill-based civil engineering contractor’s commitment to a net zero future.

The move sees the firm use hydrotreated vegetable oil instead of diesel in its haulage transport trucks, with it to be rolled out to its mobile plant in the coming weeks.

Current major sites the firm is working on include the former Tullis Russell Paper Mill in Glenrothes where a development of around 800 homes is underway.

Switching to biofuel represents an ‘extensive’ investment by the business and will cut net green house gas emissions by up to 90%, whilst also reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides for improved air quality.

Colin Sinclair, transport manager of Advance Construction Scotland, said, “We are delighted we are now able to make this switch which will make a major impact on reducing emissions on our sites and is another step forward in our campaign to put the environment first in everything we do.

“Our plant machinery consumes a substantial amount of fuel over the course of a year and the impact this will have is hugely significant.

“We hope that by switching to 100% renewable fuels we will encourage other businesses in our sector to follow suit and together we can make a real difference.”

Advance Construction also recently partnered with UK supplier SandandStone to become one of the first companies to embrace the use of green aggregates throughout the business.

All logistics and transport operations used by SandandStone are fuelled by the fuel alternative, Green D+HVO. By using Green D+ in machinery that digs, grades and processes aggregrates, the embodied carbon of the final products is lowered resulting in a low carbon green product.

Gareth Mollan, Fleet Manager of ACS, added, “Innovation has always been at the heart of everything we do – we also recently expanded our electric fleet – and we have long had a commitment to using recycled materials as we move towards a net zero future.

“As the world’s eyes turn to Glasgow during COP26, we are looking forward to being part of a new revolution collaborating with like-minded partners to introduce even greater change to our industry.”