28 / 10 / 2021

Lovell has announced the trial of JCB electric telehandler at one of its developments in the Midlands.  This initiative is an important contribution to the Morgan Sindall Group 2030 goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions in under a decade.

Gemma Tovey, Sustainability Co-ordinator, Lovell comments: “We have a strong track record of trialling alternative methods of powering machinery on site and this all-electric telehandler is part of our commitment to making our operations greener. The use of alternative fuels to power site machinery presents a fantastic opportunity to make a very real and immediate impact on our carbon footprint. We also have a significant duty to ensure that our developments are great places to work so the trial of electric has been well received by the site team.”

Tom Garrity, the Lovell site manager responsible for the trial welcomes the use of electric machinery, he adds: “Construction sites by their very nature can be quite noisy places to work so anything we can do to mitigate unnecessary noise is seen as a real advantage, swapping diesel machinery for electric makes a big difference. From a site operatives’ perspective, operating an electric telehandler is far more enjoyable eliminating all the vibration associated with a diesel-powered machine. This trial is a really positive step towards the achievement of our environmental and sustainability goals but we mustn’t underestimate the positive impact it has on creating a more pleasant working environment.”

Announced earlier this year, Lovell has cut its annual CO2e output by almost 6,000 tonnes according to audited results released by the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) and Gemma Tovey very much sees this trial as an important initiative, she adds: “The electric telehandler trial is just one of a series of initiatives going on around Lovell, all with the single purpose of achieving net zero carbon in under a decade.  It’s important that we embrace new technologies as they emerge and work with our supply chain partners to lead much-needed change in the construction industry.”