how to plan works, road works other planning with heavy machines, how to make them more efficient, and how to reduce fuel consumption of machines.
The study aimed to observe practices during the road works with the heavy machines on site traffic junction in the context of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to the environment. The study was conducted within 3 weeks of construction work junction. The study included observation of the construction site (logistics strategies, transport of construction materials, energy efficiency of the heavy machines operators). The conclusions:
• Modernization of used construction equipment, in terms of substitution of fossil fuels with biofuels;
• Input supply good planning practices and resource use;
• Entering a good planned storage of materials (both loose and others) in order to minimize the need for their relocation on the construction site;
• Introduction of correction logistics plans aimed at an optimization of transport routes
• Conduct awareness training for operators of construction machinery, to improve energy efficiency and increase awareness in reducing carbon footprint;
• Periodic testing of the technical condition of vehicles, with increased emphasis on the emission of greenhouse gases, carried out for different load states of the machine;
• Selection of the size of used machinery, equipment and vehicles for their optimal use;
Stakeholders: Local Authorities, private companies, planning offices, road building companies

Resources needed

Planning worker (private road company), officer (local or regional authority)
Planning worker - responsible for plannig when using heavy machines during the works, officer for transferring knowledge after winning the tender (manual for the company)

Evidence of success

Good planning guideline when using heavy machines has been published during that analyze. Main issues (rules) from that guidaline have been handed after winning a tender (to improve good planning, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and to improve energy efficiency in transport).
Through a change in behaviour it is relatively easy to reduce fuel consumption for heavy machinery by approximately 10%.
Cooperation was established between the company that won the tender and the city office.

Difficulties encountered

For a small construction sites the application of standards for proper storage of materials and the limited movements of means of transport can be difficult to implement due to too small amount of space available. In this case, pay special attention to the optimal selection of the size of machinery

Potential for learning or transfer

This best practice was identified through discussion between partners of the SEECA project. Niepolomice Municipality identified the need of implementation of good planning when using heavy machines during the road works. Raising standards of planning, significant fuel savings, co-operation between public authorities and private and public companies , less CO2, improvement in silence factor, air protection, change the way of using heavy machines.
PB can be transferred to other region (eg. Uppsala region), easy to duplicate, a small amount of resources.
Benefits for: private company (reduce fuel consumption for heavy machinery by approximately 10%) , local and regional body (minimize greenhouse gas emissions (air pollution), and to improve energy efficiency in transport)
Stakeholders: private company (road works, building companies), local and regional authority.

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Main institution
Niepolomice Municipality
Małopolskie, Poland (Polska)
Start Date
January 2012
End Date


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