Pan-United Concrete look to greener trucking
Concrete company teams up with Surbana Jurong to decarbonize heavy vehicle truck fleet
PAN-United Concrete, a subsidiary of Singapore’s largest concrete and cement provider, Pan-United Corp. Ltd, have entered into a project development partnership agreement with Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd, one of the largest Asian-based global urban, infrastructure, and managed services consulting firms, to study the feasibility of using electric and hydrogen fuel-cells to power a fleet of more than 1,000 trucks in Singapore.
The partnership is in line with Pan-United’s sustainability targets to offer only low-carbon concrete* by 2030, offer carbon-neutral concrete products by 2040, and become a carbon-neutral ready-mixed concrete company by 2050.
As part of the partnership, Surbana Jurong will study and evaluate the potential of decarbonizing Pan-United’s vast fleet of concrete truckmixers and tipper trucks that currently operate on diesel.
The partnership aims to achieve several outcomes, chief of which is to develop a technology roadmap based on Pan-United’s strategy and vision towards carbon abatement of their trucking fleet, and to shortlist high-potential technologies.
Surbana Jurong will also help to develop a business plan that takes into consideration the techno-economic feasibility and potential CO2 savings. In addition, they will make carbon footprint calculations to determine the extent of carbon emission reduction in Pan-United’s future trucking fleet, whilst setting the pace of transition towards net-zero emissions.
Pan-United say the conversion from diesel engines to electric- and hydrogen-powered units will also mitigate against potential rises in oil prices and reflects the company’s efforts to support climate change action through the use of greener transportation services.
May Ng, Pan-United’s chief executive officer, said: ‘There is urgency to address global warming by all stakeholders. We recognize the benefits and importance of synergistic collaborations to effectively address it and drive the built environment towards net zero.
‘As a key player in this sector, we are committed to invest to reduce our carbon footprint and provide low-carbon and carbon-neutral concrete products for the built environment.’
Yeo Choon Chong, chief executive officer of Surbana Jurong’s ASEAN division, remarked: ‘We applaud Pan-United’s ambition to decarbonize their heavy vehicle fleet and are excited to contribute to their sustainability initiative by leveraging our expertise in electrification and hydrogen solutions.
‘Partnerships are a key method of accelerating our collective efforts to build for a safe, sustainable, and resilient future for all.’
* More than 50% embodied carbon reduction against 2005 levels