Tideway's Hydrofraise machine has been shortlisted for an IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) Sustainability Impact Award in the ‘New Product, Service or Technology' category. Of the hundreds of entries, the Hydrofraise has made it onto a shortlist of four.
Designed in France and commissioned on site at Chambers Wharf on the East section of the project in 2017, the Hydrofraise proved effective in ensuring that realised noise levels were within Environment Statement thresholds and minimised our impact on our neighbours with regards to noise and air quality.
From 28 August 2017 to 08 March 2018, the Hydrofraise was powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, avoiding 137.63 tonnes of carbon emissions. This is the equivalent to 69 people flying around the globe.
Even if the Hydrofraise was powered from a “standard” electricity supply, the electric design would have enabled us to reduce carbon emissions and associated air pollution by approximately 19 per cent compared to a diesel system.
The electric system also reduced the Hydrofraise plant sound level from 117 to 111 decibels. This six decibel decrease meant a reduction in approximately 50 per cent of sound energy.
The IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards will be taking place next month and will honour those who are working together to make our economy, society and environment future-proof, using innovation, creativity, collaboration and expert knowledge to achieve change.