Monitoring usage of appliances and equipment reduces site emissions by over 75%

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A road-building project in Leeds has almost eliminated its carbon emissions just by automatically switching appliances off when not in use.

Balfour Beatty is building a 7.5km two-lane dual carriageway for Leeds City Council – the £116m East Leeds Orbital Route. Working with its plant supplier Sunbelt (formerly A-Plant) and wireless monitor specialists Invisible Systems, it has developed a system called EcoNet that monitors and controls power usage.

Since being trialled in Leeds, the EcoNet system has since been adopted on another 20 Balfour Beatty sites. There are plans to roll it out to 50 sites by (UK) summer 2021 and use it on any new site that has more than six cabins. Once fully embedded, it will save a minimum of 2,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, Balfour Beatty says.

Read more at The Construction Index