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Aecon pilots Volvo electric excavator in support of GHG emissions reduction targets

Aecon is the first construction company in Canada to use the zero-emission excavator on site.

October 14, 2021  by CM Staff

TORONTO — Aecon Group Inc. recently completed a pilot of the ECR25 Electric compact excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment, on a project in Toronto, Ontario. Aecon is the first construction company in Canada to use this model of electric, zero-emission construction equipment on an active project site.

“As we work toward our commitment to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in direct CO2 emissions by 2030, we are actively engaging with the most innovative and technologically advanced manufacturers in the market,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aecon in a company statement.

“Piloting the ECR25 Electric compact excavator with Volvo CE is a great example of how we continue to consistently set industry benchmarks in sustainable construction and harness innovation to support the transition to a net-zero economy. Our teams have been impressed with the ECR25’s power, significant reduction in noise compared to diesel-powered equipment and elimination of emissions.”

During the pilot, Aecon Utilities used the electric excavator to trench and install new telecommunications conduit, bringing fibre optic connectivity to a residential building in Toronto’s Regent Park community.

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“Construction equipment is one of the most substantial contributors to greenhouse gas emissions associated with construction projects, and over time we plan to convert a significant proportion of our fleet to zero-emission equipment like the ECR25,” said Yonni Fushman, EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, Aecon. “Aecon is pleased to take this important first step, in collaboration with Volvo CE, toward realizing that goal.”

The new ECR25 Electric compact excavator and L25 Electric compact wheel loader offer the same performance as their diesel counterparts, according to Aecon. The ECR25 was also trialed in California earlier this year as part of a Volvo CE pilot project.

“It’s exciting to see the momentum growing for electric construction equipment in North America,” said Stephen Roy, President of Region North America, Volvo CE in a press release.

“We are seeing an increasing demand for sustainable solutions as the industry recognizes the importance of acting to reduce climate change. Working together with our customers and dealers we can reduce harmful emissions that are entering the atmosphere,” added Roy.

“We are proud to offer sustainable solutions to our customers,” said Paul George, Regional Vice President, Construction Equipment Ontario from Strongco, one of Aecon’s equipment suppliers in a press release.