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CUTTING CARBON: HS2 site in West Ruislip reducing carbon emissions 

 Published on: 30th September 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

High Speed 2 (HS2) say they are dramatically cutting carbon on their construction sites with their new solar panels, including in West Ruislip and Uxbridge. 

Spokespeople for the controversial new railway line, which will link up London, the Midlands and the North, said HS2 has taken a major step towards greener construction sites by trialling solar and hydrogen powered welfare cabins across its work locations.

The EasyCabin EcoSmart ZERO product is the world’s first solar and hydrogen powered welfare unit, combining solar and hydrogen power to eliminate carbon emissions from construction sites. 

Data gathered from 16 Ecosmart ZERO cabins over a 21 week period on HS2 sites in Camden, Ruislip and Uxbridge showed that 112 tonnes of carbon were saved – the equivalent of what would be absorbed by over 3,367 trees over a whole year.

In comparison, a standard diesel generator running would have used 40,000 litres of diesel fuel.

HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson visited HS2’s construction site at West Ruislip to see the solar cabins in situ last month. At this site, a haul road is being constructed to link to the portal of the Northolt Tunnel West where two Tunnel Boring Machines will be launched in 2022.

HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “As we build back better from COVID-19, it is great to see how HS2 Ltd is using first class solar and hydrogen powered staff welfare pods to cut carbon emissions while supporting workers on its construction sites.

“Not only are these British-made pods supporting hundreds of jobs, but it is a great example of how HS2 is realising our ambition to be one of the most environmentally-responsible projects ever delivered in the UK, as we transition to carbon net zero by 2050.”

Pictured: HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson, GAP group regional operations director James Anderson and HS2 environment director Peter Miller

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