Cadman aims for net zero

UK rental company Cadman cranes says it is on course to become net zero by 2025 well ahead of any legal targets.

The company has now completed the transition of its fleet to HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) having started in 2020 and achieved 50% of its crane fleet in 2021. It has now also converted all of its vehicles, including vans, support and transport to HVO which it says represents a 97 percent reduction in its footprint, saving 570 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The HVO fuel it is using is a renewable, sustainable and 100 percent biodegradable and emits only 0.036kg of CO2 per litre, in stark contrast to diesel which emits 2.51kg of CO2 per litre. The storage life of the fuel can also be up to 10 years and the company says that switching to HVO has required no infrastructure changes or additional capital expenditure.
Infographic of Cadman's sustainability plan

In order to reach its 2025 target, Cadman has formulated detailed plans which include the imminent installation of solar panels and heat pump at its Essex base, improvements in waste disposal methods, the adoption of sustainable workwear, and an audit of its supply chain.

Managing director, Matt Waddingham said: "We believe in taking proactive steps to reduce our carbon footprint. Our decision to adopt HVO fuel is a testament to our commitment to environmental stewardship, and it aligns with our overarching goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2025.”

Established in 2005, Cadman Cranes is part of the Milbank investment group and runs a fleet of All Terrain, crawler and truck cranes with capacities ranging from seven to 180 tonnes from its location in Colchester, Essex.