THE London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory have stated that construction sites are responsible for approximately 7.5% of damaging nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, 8% of large particle emissions (PM10) and 14.5% of emissions of the most dangerous fine particles (PM2.5).
The vast majority of these emissions come from the thousands of diesel engine site equipment. Soon London will introduce a ‘Low Emission Zone’ for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) as current estimates of emissions show that NRMM is responsible for 7% of NOx emissions, 14% for PM2.5 and 8% of PM10 emissions across the Capital.
In response to these figures, one of the leading manufacturers of mobile and static temporary site cabins, AJC EasyCabin, have designed and built a range of welfare units that emits zero emissions.
Lisa Gillet, sales director of AJC Trailers, said: "According to the Carbon Brief website, the amount of carbon dioxide sent into the atmosphere last year totalled 381 million tonnes.
"For most of the past years we have been driven to reduce the carbon emissions from our products and design the most environmentally sustainable temporary site units. Our recent Green Apple Awards have confirmed our passions in this regard."
The units, all entitled the ‘EcoSmart ZERO’ were officially unveiled at the site equipment exhibition – The Executive Hire Show on 6th February 2019 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
The EcoSmart ZERO is powered by a combination of a hydrogen gas powered fuel cell and an advanced solar power system. This means the unit operates almost totally silent and emits only pure water vapour.
The Ecosmart ZERO range has been designed to have the same user friendly operation as the standard Ecosmart welfare units, with power to run the heating, sockets, kettle and microwave coming instantly from the battery bank.
The batteries are constantly fed by the built-in hydrogen fuel cell and solar panels.
Lisa added: "Encouraged by our rental partners to push the boundaries of environmental and technological advancement, we believe that in the EcoSmart ZERO range represents the ultimate in carbon emission reduction."
Hydrogen gas is readily available through the Internet or at local gas suppliers. AJC EasyCabin can introduce user of the EcoSmart ZERO to hydrogen gas suppliers and a click and collect service is often available.
The Ecosmart ZERO fuel cell only needs periodical replacement of air filters; there are no moving parts and ground contamination from fuel spills is totally eliminated.
To produce the EcoSmart ZERO range, AJC EasyCabin engineers worked in close collaboration with Intelligent Energy - a world leading fuel cell engineering company focused on delivering zero emission PEM fuel cell products to the automotive, UAV and stationary power markets.
Following the launch of the EcoSmart ZERO at the Executive Hire Show, AJC EasyCabin will be inviting all environmentally conscious hirers and uses of site temporary accommodation to their factory in Luton to view the features and benefits of the EcoSmart ZERO range, first hand.