Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are two of the most polluted areas in the entirety of Scotland, with Glasgow’s Hope Street pollution levels reaching over 50% higher than the legal limit. The pollution levels within Scotland are thought to cause over 2,500 early deaths. To combat this, the Scottish government released a Cleaner Air For Scotland action plan in 2015 and rallied alongside the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SERPA) to start reducing these increased levels.
A Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) was first introduced in Glasgow in 2018 with another being implemented in Edinburgh and two more that were set to be executed in Aberdeen and Dundee during the course of 2020, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.
A few key aspects of the LEZs include:
- Vehicles that do not meet the requirements for emission standards are not able to enter an LEZ and will be charged otherwise
- A restriction on buses and HGVs from entering these zones
Aberdeen’s city council is also set to take over the city’s First bus service to provide the public with an affordable and reliable form of public transport, in the hope of reducing the use of private cars, in turn contributing to the reduction in pollution levels.
Our equipment and specially designed vehicles provide you with a more environmentally friendly method, decreasing your contribution to pollution levels and building upon the initiatives mentioned above. The employment of suction excavation ensures that your project will no longer require the need for multiple vehicles and personnel to be present on-site, considerably reducing the overall carbon footprint of your project.
VAC UK provides the perfect solution for those who have a vested interest in safeguarding their green credentials and those who are looking to reduce their impact on the environment.
Suction excavation has many environmental benefits:
- The damage to and restoration of tree roots is significantly improved when excess soil and shrubbery has been removed
- Fewer lorries are required on-site, greatly reducing the carbon footprint of your project
- Third-party damage and disruption to traffic is greatly reduced through the time-efficient grab load of an excavator vehicle
- The size of an excavation site can be up to a third smaller, when compared with traditional methods
- Reduced site size facilitates pedestrian access and the flow of traffic
- Allocated sections for waste tipping ensure sites are cleaner