Sustainability drives excavator purchase for Rye

By Steve Ducker22 July 2022

The company, part of the Rye Group, also operates in groundworks, plant hire, and civil engineering.

Cat Finning excavators Cat dealer Finning has supplied four Next Generation excavators to British contractor Rye Demolition. (Photo: Finning)

It was recently awarded Sustainability Champion 2022 status by the United Kingdom’s National Federation of Demolition Contractors.

For Rye, sustainability and social value is a driving force. In the latest order, dealer Finning has supplied two Cat 330 and two Cat 336 excavators.

All fitted with the latest on-board technology, with built-in safety features fitted as standard, they are designed to reduce fuel consumption and costs while increasing machine performance and operating efficiency, which were key factors in Rye’s decision to purchase.

“Fundamentally, demolition projects require extensive use of plant and machinery,” said Rye Group director Simon Barlow.

“It’s vital therefore that we use machines that can not only do the job but can also be run efficiently, so we can keep operating costs down and continue to limit the environmental impact of our operations.

“For example, we’ve switched our entire fleet to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), the first company in the demolition sector to do so.

“As a company we have always invested in the latest machinery with the most efficient engines available. We had a lot of discussions with Finning about how to reduce the rate at which the machines burn fuel for example. The mandatory switch from red diesel to white, and subsequent price hike from 60 pence (US$0.72) to nearly £2 ($2.39) a litre means we need to implement operational practices that mitigate both of these.”

Jack Pilgrim, territory account manager for Finning, said: “We’re delighted to build on our relationship with Rye.”

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