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Weldex retrofits cranes to meet London demand

Weldex Stage IIIB

Crane hire company Weldex has announced modification of three of its crawler crane fleet to meet the demands of London’s non-mobile road machinery low emission zone legislation.

The cranes have been fitted with continuously regenerating trap diesel particulate filters from Eminox to meet the requirements.

Under the low emission zone legislation, which was adopted in autumn last year, construction equipment major development within Greater London is required to meet Stage IIIA emissions regulations as a minimum or retrofit best available technology; while non-mobile road machinery used on any site within the central activity zone or Canary Wharf has to meet Stage IIIB as a minimum.

The new legislation was introduced by the mayor of London after research by the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory estimated that diesel engined non-road mobile machinery used on construction sites is responsible for 15% of Particulate Matter emissions in Greater London.

According to Weldex, from 2020 any equipment used on a development site in Greater London will be required to meet Stage IIIB, while machines used in central London and Canary Wharf will need to meet Stage IV.

The crane hire business has said that the Eminox equipment was a fast and effective route to ensuring the equipment was compliant with the new legislation.

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