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Marr leads transition to renewable diesel

Marr Contracting have announced they will be the first business in Australia to transition from fossil diesel to HVO100 – a diesel made from 100% renewable raw materials, used as a drop-in fuel.

Marr’s Managing Director, Simon Marr, made the announcement at the BioFuturing Australia National Conference hosted by Bioenergy Australia in Brisbane last week.

The initiative is part of Marr’s commitment to reduce their carbon emissions and impact on the environment as part of their 2021 Social Impact Strategy and is an important step towards the business’ journey to net zero carbon emissions. It also comes after significant consultation with Marr’s clients and leaders within Australia’s construction industry on the best solution for transitioning away from fossil fuels.

After investigating alternative power sources and taking the time to understand the issues associated with currently available options, Marr’s R&D team scoured the world for a better solution.

“We’ve looked at the alternatives and believe this is the most sustainable fuel source currently available for the work that we are doing. That’s because it allows us to transition away from fossil diesel and maintain the speed, power and reliability of our cranes to drive productivity and cost-efficiencies on the projects we are working on – while at the same time helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals,” said Marr.

Acknowledging what the move could mean for others in the Australian construction industry, Peter Zonneveld, Vice President Sales, Renewable Road Transportation at Neste said, “Renewable diesel from Neste is a more sustainable alternative to fossil diesel, helping its users reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%* when emissions over the fuel’s life cycle are compared with fossil diesel. With renewable diesel from Neste, Marr will reduce its climate emissions significantly in an instant by just changing the fuel.”

Marr’s initial order from the world’s leading producer of renewable fuel, Neste, is the first shipment of Neste’s 100 per cent renewable diesel (HVO100) to be used as a drop-in fuel into Australia.

“We’re helping Australia catch up to other regions, such as Europe and the UK, where the switch to renewable diesel is fast becoming the norm for our industry,” said Marr.

Highlighting the challenges faced by many businesses trying to align with the expectations of international companies operating in Australia, Chair of the Clean Fuel Alliance (Bioenergy Australia), Simon Roycroft, said, “Marr’s sector-leading initiative is a game changer for other Australian businesses conscientiously embracing the transition to low carbon liquid fuel. It takes a first mover to influence change, and despite the perceived challenges, Marr’s have demonstrated that where there is strong intent, there is a way.”