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25th August 2021


In our last mobile tower crane blog, we explored many of the misconceptions about these cranes and the work that they’re able to deliver.

Now, we’re going to look in a little more detail at perhaps the most important positive of all from mobile tower cranes – their ability to reduce carbon outputs.

Following the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel Report on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this month, it is impossible to be in any doubt of the devastating impacts on our environment if we fail to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions drastically.

Changes need to take place now and, whilst averting a climate change disaster seems like a mission of gargantuan proportions, when it’s tackled in small parts by governments, organisations and businesses and individuals, it becomes more achievable.

At Ainscough Crane Hire, we’re dedicated to exploring new methods that can deliver solutions for customers that enable the reduction of carbon outputs and help us play our role in preserving the planet for future generations. The use of mobile tower cranes is one such method.

As an example, we’ve recently been working with Wilmott Dixon Interiors to support its commitment to eliminating carbon from its operations by 2030, which will involve all of its sites becoming fossil fuel-free.

As a large proportion of carbon emissions come from the plant and machinery on-site, Wilmott Dixon Interiors has recognised the importance of the early adoption of electric plant alternatives to help it achieve its goals.

As part of its work delivering the refurbishment of the London Road Building at London South Bank University, the company therefore trialled the electric capabilities of Ainscough Crane Hire’s Liebherr MK140 compact mobile tower crane.

“We’re always on the lookout for ways in which we can increase sustainability on our construction sites,” explains Dillon Silva, operations manager at Willmott Dixon Interiors. “Therefore the use of the MK140 on this project proved a really valuable addition to enabling us to reach our environmental targets. The accompanying safety and operational benefits are also significant, and resulted in this mobile tower crane being a crucial component at our work at London South Bank University.”

The MK140 is a mobile diesel combustion crane that can be plugged in on-site with the existing site electricity supply, resulting in lower CO2 emissions, improved energy consumption, and better air quality, in addition to minimal noise once in operation.

Environmental benefits are also achieved through less supporting infrastructure, transport, and materials required for set-up than a conventional tower crane.

“The MK140 was the ideal choice for this project as a cost-effective alternative to a sited tower crane,” said Tim Denby, commercial manager at Ainscough Crane Hire said. “Add this to the carbon footprint and noise reduction and it demonstrates just why mobile tower cranes are an increasingly popular choice for leading contractors.”

Take a look at the below video to witness the MK140 in action at Wilmott Dixon Interiors’ work at London South Bank University:

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