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25.11.13

Construction contractors implement green measures

The Sustainability Report published by Crossrail shows progress in the construction sector against emissions.

For the first time companies are adopting particle reduction technology, as Crossrail included a contractual requirement for contractors to adopt diesel emission controls.

Crossrail has also retrofitted older machinery to cut emissions and is providing thousands of jobs to UK businesses, with half of all contractors SMEs. The company is also providing skills training to 3,500 workers at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA).

Around four million tonnes of earth are also being shipped to Wallasea Island to create a nature reserve for reptiles, birds and water voles.

Environment minister Lord de Mauley said: “Environmental issues affect every single one of us, whether you’re in the bustling city or remote countryside, and Crossrail is a prime example of a huge infrastructure project that will help grow the economy while protecting the environment.”

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Crossrail is delivering a lasting legacy beyond a sustainable railway. We are creating a new generation of construction workers and tunnellers with skills that will set them up for life; we are helping support business across the UK; and we are leading the industry on implementing environmental solutions to make for a greener construction sector.”

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