Renewable diesel to power major projects

Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the NSW construction industry is leading the charge to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

“We cannot reach our goal of net zero emissions by 2050 without decarbonizing our infrastructure pipeline and the arrival of renewable diesel is an important step in that journey,” said Stokes.

“Construction emissions contribute 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions and about 5.5% of these are directly caused by construction machinery and equipment powered by fossil fuels.”

The initiative is a partnership between Marr Contracting as the crane supplier, Lendlease as the Powerhouse Parramatta delivery partner and Multiplex as the delivery partner for the new Sydney Fish Market.

Marr managing director Simon Marr said the decision to replace mineral diesel with HVO100 was a significant step forward for sustainable construction.

“This allows us to move away from fossil diesel and maintain the speed, power and reliability of our cranes to drive productivity and profitability, while helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals by directly contributing to a reduction scope 1 emissions,” Mr. Marr said.

Lendlease’s construction managing director David Paterson said the switch to renewable diesel underscores their unwavering commitment to climate action and will be a game-changer for the construction industry.

“We are introducing Australia’s first renewable diesel to our project sites, working with partners, and we hope today’s announcement will inspire collective action by Australian contractors, the supply chain and customers. to meet one of the most critical needs of our time. said Mr. Paterson.

Multiplex Regional Managing Director David Ghannoum said they were delighted to support Marr and the NSW Government in bringing HVO100 to the Australian market.

“Eliminating fossil diesel fuel from our sites represents a huge opportunity for our projects and our industry to significantly reduce carbon emissions and bring about real change,” Mr. Ghannoum said.

In addition to the use of renewable diesel, the Powerhouse Museum has recently launched a climate action plan which aims for net zero emissions in operation by 2025. The Powerhouse Museum building in Parramatta will be certified as Climate Active Carbon Neutral .