French first to measure CO2 of plant and machinery fleet

The ability to measure the actual CO2 emissions for all the plant and machinery we operate is a major step forward

In what is said to be a first for any major construction company, French construction group NGE will utilise a tech data system developed by Hiboo to collect 100% of the data transmitted by its plant and machinery worldwide.

The equipment includes more than 2600 separate pieces of machinery, including 1500 items of production plant, operating in some 17 countries globally.

Thierry Robert

"You can’t improve something until you measure it, so we’ve been committed for several years now to a realistic and real-world approach to this issue. The ability to measure the actual CO2 emissions for all the plant and machinery we operate is a major step forward because it gives us the opportunity to work on real-life scenarios that will eventually benefit all our worksites," says Thierry Robert, chief plant and machinery officer at NGE Group.

NGE has asked all its equipment suppliers worldwide (manufacturers, dealerships, rental companies, etc.) to give Hiboo access to the data generated by all the plant and machinery in its fleet, covering the full range of key operating indicators (usage, engine idling rate, fuel used, faults, etc.) required to optimise productivity worksite-by-worksite and region-by-region.

Hiboo will measure the actual CO2 emissions in real-time on the basis of parameters including equipment category, geographic area, and/or worksite, instead of conducting retrospective assessments based on fuel costs.

The ultimate aim for NGE is to pinpoint its most emissive production worksites so it can prioritise them as the focus of its initiatives. The experience gained will then be used to generate feedback and share good practices. The new system will also enable fuel savings to be measured for each piece of plant and machinery, as well as assess the progress made by drivers and operators as a result of eco-driving training provided by the company.

NGE also intends to fit some of the tyres used on its plant and machinery with telemetry systems developed by GCS, which specialises in tyres for civil engineering applications. The data generated will be processed and analysed by Hiboo. Ensuring that tyres are used in accordance with recommended pressures and temperatures extends their life, at the same time as reducing fuel consumption and, therefore, CO2 emissions.

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