Boosting an impressive track record in achieving energy efficiency gains in the past 50 years, the construction machinery industry continues to be committed to reducing GHG emissions, in particular CO2, further in the coming years.
· Significant reductions in CO2 emissions are being achieved through innovation. The competitive nature of the market will continue to drive further efficiency improvements and CO2 reductions.
· Fuel is one of the highest input costs our sector faces and therefore there is constant pressure on machinery manufacturers to achieve efficiency improvements which result in a reduction in fuel consumption and consequent reduction in CO2 emissions
· The industry has heavily invested to develop state-of-the-art machines and the substantial energy-efficiency gains are increasingly the result of the deployment of ICT-related, ‘smart’ technologies. This is due to the complex processes that construction machines are involved in with a wide range of different types of operations, all of which can have a direct impact on fuel consumption and machine performance.
· To understand the potential of CO2 emissions reductions offered by modern machinery, it is important to move from a traditional machine-specific approach to a more holistic view, considering the overall energy efficiency and emissions reductions that modern machinery can help achieve in the entire production processes.
· The achievements are based on four pillars: machine efficiency, process efficiency, operation efficiency and alternative energy sources: