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Housing : September 2008
HOUSING SEPTEMBER 2008 95 ADVERTORIAL Boral's managing director and CEO, Rod Pearse, says the technology has the potential to help the business move to more sustainable alternative fuel sources and to reduce Boral's greenhouse emissions. 'We're committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as far as possible across our operations, including emissions from our transport activities, and this CNG technology is proving extremely successful in the trials we have conducted to date,' he says. 'Programs like this are vital if we are to improve our understanding of the technology and enable us to develop a sustainable alternative to diesel fuel. The success of the program is not solely about realising fuel savings but our commitment to the environment and sustainability. 'Businesses such as Boral can make a contribution to the climate change challenge, and we can also benefit financially by reducing energy and fuel costs. The CNG trial that we are currently conducting in Sydney is just one example of an emissions abatement initiative that can deliver environmental benefits and business benefits.' go gas Replacing diesel with natural gas in concrete trucks is cutting fuel costs and greenhouse gases. 'hippie trucks' H Managing director and CEO of Boral, Rod Pearse, says Boral has made a conscious decision over the past decade to make the company more sustainable, with Boral participating in a range of voluntary energy efficiency and emission reduction schemes. The trial of CNG technology has found that the trucks experienced no loss of performance and have the added social benefit of a significantly quieter idling engine, making the enhanced vehicles particularly suitable for metropolitan operations. To highlight this achievement and Boral's commitment to creating better solutions to the challenges of modern living, a new promotional design has been installed on Boral's CNG vehicle barrels with the catchphrase 'Happily powered by Natural Gas'. Creating better solutions 'We're committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as far as possible across our operations' In an innovative approach to the business challenges of climate change, one of Australia's largest building and construction materials suppliers, Boral Ltd, has undertaken a trial within its concrete transport fleet designed to cut fuel costs -- and abate greenhouse emissions. Under the trial, five of the company's Sydney-based concrete agitators have been turned into 'hippie trucks', using compressed natural gas technology (CNG), rather than diesel. Preliminary results reveal that fuel costs for the trucks involved have been cut by almost 60 per cent, while greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by more than 7 per cent.