Zero Emission Initiatives and the Plant-hire sector

The demand for zero-emission plant and equipment is increasing as government, industry, clients and contractors ramp up the requirement for the use of zero-emission plant within construction and allied sectors. 

Although zero-emission plant is becoming more available both from an availability and supply perspective, the factors for successful supply and use of zero-emission plant are wide ranging and may not be fully understood by all, and requires further time, research and consultation to understand the issue and how the plant hire sector can successfully play it’s part for the future.

Following approval by the CPA Council, CPA is not only engaging with the CLC on the issue but is in the process of procuring additional resources to ensure that CPA remains fully active and engaged with industry discussions on the subject and plays a leading part ensuring that future activities and requirements work best for both the plant-hire sector and the industry in general in meeting ambitious but appropriate and reachable targets.

HVO - Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil - Frequently Asked Questions:

We have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions about HVO – hydrotreated vegetable oil. This is being increasingly used as a “drop in” replacement for conventional diesel fuel. The FAQs will be updated as industry experience and technology develops.

CPA are proud to partner the following Zero Emissions initiatives....

Supply Chain Sustainability School

The CPA are partner members of the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) which was launched in 2012 and is a free learning environment, upskilling those working within, or aspiring to work within, the built environment sector, with a focus on the Built Environment sustainability, as well as addressing topics in offsite, procurement, digital, lean Construction, management, people and FIR (Fairness, Inclusion and Respect).

CPA are part of the Plant category group, which was established by School Partners and other key industry stakeholders to develop and facilitate a collaborative approach to reducing the tailpipe air quality and greenhouse gas emissions of plant, through its procurement, rental and use. This is to directly address the negative impacts on health and global warming that diesel and petrol-powered construction plant contribute to, ranging from hand tools up to large excavators.

Through its participation on the Plant Sector Representative Organisation (PSRO), CPA technical staff have led the development of the joint PSRO/SCSS Eco-operating Training Delivery Framework to provide the learning content and delivery processes for those offering eco-operating-based courses. The framework can be downloaded either at the SCSS website or the PSRO website at

More information on the SCSS can be viewed at


Following the government’s publication of its 10-point plan which sets outs a path to Net Zero by 2050. ConstructZero is the construction sector’s response.

ConstructZero will build on the government’s commitments and establish how to meet the Net Zero challenge, from which has published a performance framework consultation document (which can be downloaded below) that proposes a number of industry-led challenges for carbon reduction. One of the key areas of the proposals is the increased supply and use of zero-emission plant. 

The CPA are a fully recognised partner of Construct Zero and are fully engaged at senior discussion levels with the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and other federations and will keep the sector and membership informed of new developments and requirements.

An outline of the CLC’s ConstructZero programme can be viewed at: 

CPA is a member of Zemo Partnership, a not-for-profit, independent partnership, jointly funded by government and its members. Zemo Partnership was formed to help accelerate the move to zero emissions in the UK and further information is available at Zemo Partnership | Accelerating Transport to Zero Emissions