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NFDC committed to carbon-neutral future


National Federation of Demolition Contractors sets ambitious carbon-reduction targets as part of sustainable drive 

DEMONSTRATING its commitment to combating climate change amidst today’s environmental and political backdrop, NFDC have announced that its members are to phase out the use of red diesel on demolition sites and move to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a renewable diesel – or an alternative low-carbon solution.

The renewable fuel policy will apply to NFDC’s 140 accredited demolition contractors and for new members. The Federation will monitor the transition, effective from now until December 2022 when all members will be required to demonstrate their efforts to comply.

NFDC’s membership is said to account for approximately 80% of all demolition works in the UK and the switch to HVO fuel as a sustainable alternative will represent a carbon emission reduction of up to 90%, compared with conventional fuel.

According to the Federation, HVO fuel is readily available and can be used as a ‘drop-in replacement’ in most modern machinery without the need for costly modifications. NFDC members will be required to demonstrate that their supply of HVO fuel comes with proof of sustainability documentation.

As the UK looks to decarbonize the economy; building low-carbon, energy-efficient infrastructure will be essential, and the demolition and construction sectors will be vital partners in achieving this.

NFDC recognizes that mandating all members to use HVO fuel, or alternative low-carbon solutions, is an important first step in the right direction and the time for action is now.

Howard Button, chief executive officer of NFDC, commented: ‘A number of our members have already adopted HVO fuel in favour of red diesel and we commend them for taking the moral, environmental and social responsibility to reduce carbon on demolition projects. 

‘We are confident that our full membership will readily make the change alongside their clients, suppliers and subcontractors within the value chain.’

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