Australia-based Marr Contracting will transition from fossil-fuel diesel to HVO100 – a diesel made from renewable raw materials.

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The initiative is part of Marr’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions and impact on the environment as part of its 2021 social impact strategy. It comes after significant consultation with Marr’s clients and leaders within Australia’s construction industry on the best solution for transitioning away from fossil fuels.

After investigating alternative power sources and taking the time to understand the issues associated with currently available options, Marr’s research and development team searched for a better solution. “We’ve looked at the alternatives and believe this is the most sustainable fuel source currently available for the work that we are doing,” said managing director Simon Marr.

“That’s because it allows us to transition away from fossil diesel and maintain the speed, power and reliability of our cranes to drive productivity and cost-efficiencies on the projects we are working on – while at the same time helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals.”

Neste’s renewable diesel is a high-performing fuel known as drop-in diesel as it is suitable for existing diesel vehicles. It is produced from 100 percent renewable raw materials, such as waste and residue oils and fats (including used cooking oils, animal and fish fat from food waste and industry food processes).

Peter Zonneveld, vice president sales, renewable road transportation at Neste, said: “Renewable diesel from Neste is a more sustainable alternative to fossil diesel, helping its users reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent when emissions over the fuel’s life cycle are compared with fossil diesel. With renewable diesel from Neste, Marr will reduce its climate emissions significantly in an instant by just changing the fuel.”

Marr’s initial order from Neste is the first shipment of Neste’s 100 percent renewable diesel (HVO100) to be used as a drop-in fuel into Australia. Simon Marr added: “We are helping Australia catch up to other regions, such as Europe and the UK, where the switch to renewable diesel is fast becoming the norm for our industry.”