The use of HVO began as a small trial in October 2020 on a site in Weston-Super-Mare, just two miles from the beach, giving Lovell the confidence to roll out HVO into a wider range of projects and equipment throughout 2021. Compared to traditional diesel, HVO fuel offers significant environmental advantages and achieves a CO₂ reduction of up to 90%. Rob Worboys, Head of Procurement & Sustainability, explains more about the Lovell journey toward net zero carbon: “Red diesel contributes considerably to our carbon footprint. We have therefore been looking at greener alternatives to help reduce our emissions and improve air quality. HVO has distinct advantages over traditional fuel, it reduces CO2, improves air quality and by virtue of its constituent parts, largely vegetable oil and animal fat from industry waste, it’s entirely renewable.”
Finding suitable and immediate ways to cut emissions on site is a complex task but one that the sustainability team at Lovell is entirely committed to, as Rob continues: “We have a duty to work with our supply chain to identify ways of building homes in a more sustainable manner, but also to ensure that our operations are sustainable. HVO requires no specialist training or storage, making it a perfect substitute for red diesel and we hope that this sets the example for our subcontractors to follow. As a substantial contributor to Morgan Sindall Group carbon emissions, it is crucial that we at Lovell play our part in achieving the Science Based Targets (SBTs) and moving toward a net zero carbon future”.