UK-based Ainscough Crane Hire said that it has become the first company of its kind to become a carbon-neutral business.

This milestone, according to Ainscough, has been achieved through the move to HVO fuel for its 400-plus cranes and 30-plus transport and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). It has also rolled out a combination of wider environmental initiatives across the business, such as increased use of stage V engines in the fleet, encouraging sustainable life choices amongst staff, smart lighting, and upgrades to heating systems.

These tactics represent the first major phase of the firm’s transition to a net-zero operation by 2025. Peter Gibbs, chief executive officer at Ainscough, said: “This has been a really exciting period for our business, and we’re proud to celebrate putting our words into action.”

He added: “However, by no means is our work done. We will continue to invest in innovation and support new technology that enables us to continue to deliver safe and efficient lifting solutions while simultaneously doing our bit to protect the planet for future generations, helping to create a sustainable future for all.”