Global integrated logistics company ASCO is investing over £10 million (€13 million) in its UK operations.
The investment adds to ASCO’s current low carbon transport fleet fuelled with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and improve efficiencies across ASCO's UK service lines, including enhanced space and services within its Environmental Services business.
Steve Mitchell, group operations & HSSEQ director, said: “Having almost halved our CO2 scope 1 emissions through the implementation of HVO in the UK last year, we are adding an increased volume of HVO-compatible trucks, cranes and forklift vehicles to our fleet.
“This investment strengthens our commitment to sustainably reducing the carbon footprint associated with our operations, directly impacting our client's scope 3 emissions and cementing our dedication to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before the end of 2040."
NORM Solutions, ASCO’s integrated team dedicated to the safe handling and disposal of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM), benefits from the investment. Improvements at its yard space in Aberdeen, worth around £200,000 (€225,000), will accommodate increased operations while also allowing its jetting bay to be expanded upon.
Other investments include a new storage tank, which will be installed at the Damhead waste transfer station, allowing the company to safely store and dispose of hazardous waste materials, as well as a range of new specialist environmental equipment, including vacuum tankers, recycling drain cleaners and jetting units.
The new equipment is more powerful and capable of handling a wider range of viscous fluids to deliver quicker movement of materials, resulting in improved operational efficiencies and services for clients.
Chris Lloyd, head of environmental and decommissioning, said: “The improvements to our UK fleet and NORM facilities reflect our focus on addressing our clients' evolving needs and challenges.
“The scale of this investment demonstrates our determination to being a key player in supply chain efficiencies in the UK while actively reducing our environmental impact."