PLINX shows way to reducing carbon

SCS Railways

Visual information on machine idle times and carbon dioxide emissions can enable improvement programmes. This case study describes how PLINX delivered new and valuable information to site managers.

Unpredicted problems: the contractor came across an unforeseen operational challenge; how to manage machine operations in a zone of the site subject to consent restrictions. Using traditional approaches, changing plans to ensure consent compliance could have impacted the sustainability of the project.

A digital solution: using PLINX the contractor was able to comply with the consent and protect the sustainability of the project. Additionally, the contractor realised there were opportunities to improve the sustainability performance by using PLINX.

Part of the PLINX solution for the consent problem was to install PLINX MachineSense. This meant that data on routes taken around site, and idle time, was gathered by PLINX MachineSense and passed to the contractor. This data was integrated with fuel usage rates and converted to CO2 emissions using a standard industry calculator.

Machine idling accounted for 33% of operational time which, extrapolated over a year for the full site fleet, would equate to 396 tonnes of emitted carbon across site (equivalent to two fully loaded return flights from London to New York).