NGE to Monitor All CO2 Emissions
NGE, an independent French civil engineering company, will be reducing the carbon footprint of its construction worksites using a Hiboo-developed functionality to collect and display the CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions generated by the fuel consumption of its plant and machinery.
This is the first time that any major construction company will have tested this tool developed out of the Hiboo single, multi-manufacturer, seamless data platform. It will enable NGE to collect 100% of the data transmitted by its plant and machinery worldwide, which is more than 2,600 separate pieces of machinery, including 1,500 items of production plant.
With the “Solar Impulse Efficiency Solution” label, awarded by the Solar Impulse Foundation, Hiboo’s technology in data management and analysis is used to reduce the carbon footprint of the industrial sector.
NGE management has asked all its equipment suppliers worldwide (manufacturers, dealerships, rental companies, etc.) to give Hiboo access to the data generated by all the plant and machinery in its fleet.
“You can’t improve something until you measure it,” said Thierry Robert, the chief plant & machinery officer at NGE Group. “So, we’ve been committed for several years now to a very realistic and real-world approach to this issue. The ability to measure the actual CO2 emissions for all the plant and machinery we operate is a major step forward, because it gives us the opportunity to work on real-life scenarios that will eventually benefit all our worksites. It also aligns our actions directly with the expectations of our customers, who want to see concrete evidence of our environmental footprint reductions. This partnership with Hiboo is an integral part of the NGE strategy to reduce GHG emissions by 4% year-on-year.”
Hiboo is a French specialist in equipment-generated data processing, and will provide NGE with data covering the full range of key operating indicators (usage, engine idling rate, fuel used, faults, etc.) required to optimize productivity worksite by worksite and region by region.
Already ahead of the industry curve in terms of collecting and measuring data on engine idling hours (see sidebar) using the Hiboo platform, NGE is now taking its commitment to a new level. Another important development is that BM Rent and ENCO have become the first national rental companies to support this innovation in fleet management by providing access to the data generated by plant and machinery rented to NGE.
From now on, Hiboo will be able to measure the actual CO2 emissions of its production plant and machinery fleet in real time on the basis of parameters including equipment category, geographic area and/or worksite, instead of conducting retrospective assessments based on fuel costs.
The goal for NGE is to pinpoint its most emissive production worksites so that it can prioritize them as the focus for its initiatives. The experience gained will then be used to generate feedback and share best practices.
The new system will also enable fuel savings to be measured for each piece of machinery, as well as assessing the progress made by drivers and operators as a result of eco-driving training provided by the company.
As part of continuing to drive innovation in CO2 emissions reduction, NGE also intends to fit some of the tires used on its plant and machinery with telemetry systems developed by GCS, which specializes in tires for civil engineering applications. The data generated will be processed and analyzed by Hiboo. Ensuring that tires are used in accordance with recommended pressures and temperatures extends their life, at the same time as reducing fuel consumption, and therefore CO2 emissions.
“Construction companies hold a wealth of key data that can be used in creating a plan for carbon reduction in their equipment,” said Hiboo CEO Clément Bénard. “Our task is to enable access and use of this data in order to help customers like NGE in their environmental strategy. Because of its technology, Hiboo has been helping NGE with its environmental strategy for several years. Measuring the CO2 emissions of construction sites is a key step in de-carbonizing the construction industry.”
For more information, visit nge.fr or hiboo.io
Engine idling rates
The engine idling rates have a direct impact on fuel consumption and equipment depreciation. The French National Federation of Public Works Contractors publishes the average idling rate of construction plant and machinery in France annually; in 2021, that figure was 35%. Taking the example of a machine with an average working life of 10,000 hours, the NGE Group ambition is to eliminate that 35% figure, thereby saving 3,500 operating hours and reducing costs by 35%. Hiboo gives NGE the opportunity to analyze its plant and machinery engine idling rates daily. Every month, the Group internally publishes engine idling rates broken down by region as the basis for taking direct action to reduce them further. All regional plant and machinery managers are assessed on the basis of this indicator. Since the reporting system was introduced, the overall engine idling rate at NGE has fallen from 32% to 27%.