In what is believed to be a first for the UK construction sector, Mace Group and AFC Energy will work together to replace high polluting diesel generators with zero emission hydrogen generators on construction sites.
The two companies announced today (16th March) that they have formed a strategic partnership to utilise hydrogen power in decarbonising the construction industry.
It is noted that, globally, the construction sector accounts for 38% of energy related emissions and, in London alone, 14.5% of the most harmful emissions such as PM2.5, which can get into deep parts of your lungs or blood, are from stationary diesel generators on construction sites.
AFC Energy and the leading international consultancy and construction business, Mace Group, are aiming to commission the first AFC Energy H-Power systems on site by early 2022.
CEO of AFC Energy, Adam Bond, said, “A sustainable construction industry and the need for improved urban air quality is driving growing contractor interest in transitioning away from diesel generators in meeting today’s temporary power needs.”
“AFC Energy’s zero emission, hydrogen-fuelled power generator addresses this growing demand for cleaner power.”
Mark Reynolds, Mace Group’s Chief Executive, added, “One of our strategic priorities as an organisation is the pursuit of a sustainable world.”
“This partnership with AFC Energy will hopefully be a significant step on our journey to removing diesel from our projects – helping reduce emissions, pollutants and noise.”
The partnership is part of Mace Group’s commitment to achieve a 10% year on year reduction in carbon emissions from its operations and to remove diesel generators from its sites by 2026.
This will then be used, in tangent with the UK Government, to promote the use of hydrogen-based fuels and help aid the industry steer away from diesel in construction.
AFC Energy and Mace hope that their new hydrogen power systems will create a clear reference point for the industry signalling a market-based demand for alternative, sustainable on-site generation to plant hire businesses to support new investment in new, clean technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells.