Liverpool’s net zero carbon drive was given a boost earlier this month when work resumed on Kingsley Road, featuring eco plant machinery, electric vans, and innovative carbon-saving material.
Liverpool City Council appointed local contractor Huyton Asphalt Ltd, via its Highways Framework, to deliver the road improvement works at Kingsley Road. In support of the region’s net zero carbon pledge, the company has invested in equipment, vehicles and product innovation to reduce carbon. This includes a digger that is powered entirely by plants!
The ‘Eco-Digger’ is run on low emission, high performance hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel in a move that significantly reduces CO2e and other emission particles. The scheme will also feature HALO™ surfacing product – a low carbon, sustainable alternative to conventional asphalts that use recycled materials.
Councillor Daniel Barrington, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for climate change and environment, said: “I’m delighted to see that Huyton Asphalt Ltd are investing in carbon-saving technology and machinery to carry out their work in the city. As a council, we’re encouraging all our partners and contractors to make a serious commitment to the city’s net zero pledge, as the social and environmental benefits for our communities are so long-lasting. It’s great to see the Kingsley Road is benefitting from this approach, and I look forward to seeing more and more of this eco-minded approach by businesses we work with.”
Tony Carney, Huyton Asphalt, said: “We take our role in contributing to the wider regional and national drive to reduce carbon emissions very seriously. The decision to switch to HVO fuel for new plant highlights our continued commitment to sustainability which we’re proud to demonstrate through our everyday operations and future action plans. HVO is a key part of our journey to carbon neutrality, whilst our longer-term ambition involves hydrogen or electrified plant and continued industry innovation.”
Huyton Asphalt is the first Highway Contractors in the city to adopt HVO fuel technology.