What is the CESAR ECV scheme and how does it work?

By Louise Carney05 October 2021

The CESAR Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) option is now fitted as standard by most of the leading construction equipment brands. This equates to over 2,000 registrations per month and around 80% of the main product lines.

ECV iPhone Scan

The ECV scheme records digitised engines’ emissions data which is uploaded, often directly from the manufacturer, to a secure database.

This data is used to generate a special secure, colour coded identification plate that is attached to each machine. The plate displays the machines unique CESAR registration number and its engine emission Stage. The plate’s colour coding relates to the emissions stage - with green for Stage V machines, for example.

The ECV database also feeds a new ‘clearing portal’ that is designed to enable construction site operators to request machinery lists, or manifests, from plant suppliers, so that they can verify the emissions Stage of a machine before it gets on site.

[VIDEO: Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, highlights emissions reduction and we talk to Dave Luscombe about verification.]

Balfour Beatty key partner in the development of CESAR ECV

Balfour Beatty provided their expertise in the development of the product – as it aligns with their Building New Futures sustainability strategy.

Bekir Andrews, Group Head of Sustainability and Reporting at Balfour Beatty, explains, “Improving air quality is something that we are passionate about at Balfour Beatty. The CESAR Emissions Compliance Verification Portal is a welcomed development, one that will improve air quality on construction sites by simplifying compliance and providing improved transparency.

“The close collaboration between the Construction Equipment Association, Datatag, HS2 and Balfour Beatty, has allowed us to design an effective tool which will service the needs of many different stakeholders for years to come.”

Mace Dragados adopt CESAR ECV

The Mace Dragados joint venture has added the scheme to the company’s own fleet at Euston Station.

Andrew Kinsey, MD JV Euston Station Environment Lead, said, “Mace Dragados JV welcomes the introduction of CESAR Emissions Compliance Verification as a simple and effective way to quickly, easily, and safely verify that plant and equipment on site is compliant with strict emissions standards.

“As part of our commitment to continual improvement and best practice, we’re mandating its use with our supply chain on the HS2 Euston Station project. This requirement supports adoption of the scheme and creates a legacy that other projects can benefit from, as the machines are used elsewhere in future”.

*For more information on how you can be part of the green construction revolution and use ECV on your fleet please contact Dave Luscombe at the CEA via dave.luscombe@thecea.org.uk.

CESAR funds help support police effort

The CEA, together with the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), has used the success of CESAR to help the fight of the policing authorities against construction and agricultural crime.

Andy Street, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands - inspecting CESAR ECV Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, inspects the CESAR ECV plate. Click image to see the video.

The new ACE police unit funded by leading insurers and the CESAR Police Fund held an Industry Engagement Day in September at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa.

It gave 50 representatives from all parts of the industry (plant hire companies, manufacturers, insurers and contractors) an opportunity to meet with members of the police OPAL unit (hosts of the ACE team) – both police officers and intelligence analysts.

Attendees included Supt Andy Huddleston of Northumbria Police and the national police lead for agricultural machinery and vehicle thefts. He lent his support to the CESAR scheme and a layered approach to plant security pointing out that the police will not be able to “arrest our way” out of the theft problem.

This theme was echoed in the day’s discussions which underlined that countering criminality was a shared responsibility for all parties.

The ACE (Agricultural, Construction Equipment) team is open to further donations to ensure it can build on its activities on behalf of the construction and agricultural sectors at a time when standard policing resources are at full stretch.

Donations to ACE are being routed via the CEA, so companies wishing to join the fight against crime with ACE should contact rob.oliver@thecea.org.uk.

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