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Ground Control trials industry-leading de-icing technology

Ground Control‘s commitment to caring for the environment will see the country’s biggest winter maintenance provider trial a number of industry-leading, green technologies over the coming months in a move towards making its gritting business carbon neutral.

Ground Control and The Gritting Company will replace the secondary diesel engine routinely used to dispense salt or grit on one of its trucks with a fully electric drive, offering six to eight hours of continuous use on a single charge.

Another gritting vehicle will be equipped with brine tanks, allowing the operator to dispense the liquid brine followed by a reduced amount of salt. Not only does the pre-activated solution melt snow and ice quicker, it’s more environmentally friendly – it uses 50% less salt than a typical gritting application, reducing the potential harm done to both the adjacent vegetation and the road surface affected during the spreading process.

“We’re introducing the latest electric gritting and greener de-icing technology to ensure we can fully meet our customers’ needs over the winter months,” said Ian Morehouse, Winter Maintenance Director at Ground Control.

“We are leasing the technology at the moment to ensure we can continue to deliver a great service with this new equipment. We will do a full analysis through the season, but we are quietly confident we’ll be in a position to expand its use next year.”

With more than 200 gritting delivery teams serving over 9,000 customer locations across the country, Ground Control hopes the winter season trials will mark a sea change for the industry.

“The trial is central to our core environmental values – the use of electric vehicles and improving processes are critical to achieving our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025,” said Ian Morehouse. “As a company, we’re pushing and stretching our imagination with regards to working practices, with a strong focus on how technology can reduce our environmental impact and make us more sustainable.”

The trial is the latest example of Ground Control’s commitment to sustainability. Earlier this year it launched the Evergreen Fund and committed to invest five percent of annual net profits in an environmental impact venture fund. In addition, more than 40% of company cars are electric with plans to reach 100% by the end of 2021.

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