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Eden Project turns to electric machinery

Volvo CE electric machinery is helping expand the Eden Project site in Cornwall, UK with the development of a new nursery

Even in the most unlikeliest of places, greenery can grow. The Eden Project took that notion to heart, creating an eco-tourism attraction in an old barren clay mine in south-west UK that first opened over 20 years ago.

The once-desolate crater used to extract clay in Cornwall is now home to an indoor biome replicating ecosystems akin to the Amazon and the Mediterranean.

Recently, the site was expanded to create a 10,000 square metre garden nursery, using electric machinery from Volvo CE.

A ECR25 Electric compact excavator and a L25 Electric compact wheel loader were used in the construction of the new garden as well as being used for repairs, maintenance and material handling tasks across the site and inside the biomes.

The two electric machines deliver the same performances as their diesel counterparts, saving nearly 2,000kWh of energy, says Volvo CE.

“Collaborating with other like-minded organisations like the Eden Project is an essential part of accelerating the transition to electric equipment,” head of customer cluster utility at Volvo CE Mats Bredborg says.

“We have zero-emission solutions that are reducing our industry’s carbon footprint across sectors – and we need partners on this journey to put these solutions into action. With its commitment to working with nature in diverse ways, including reducing energy use, making soil from recycled waste, buying locally, driving electric vehicles and supporting responsible global trade, Eden is a natural choice for landscaping.”

And what better platform to accelerate change in the landscaping industry than by showcasing sustainable action in a globally renowned site like Eden, one that has played host to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, G7 world leaders and the Olympic torch?

Eden Project living landscapes educator David Gorman adds: “Having no emissions and a lack of noise has meant being able to work while having the public in. Working in a closed environment like the rainforest, it’s so important to protect the ecosystem and to make sure we haven’t got any emissions. And with a little bit of pre-planning, we could efficiently use these machines throughout the day.”

This Eden site is not only at the forefront of environmental care and electromobility, it also sends the message of positive transformation to over 600,000 visitors a year, of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world.

The gardens engage everyone from tourists to students to professionals, and the Eden Project offers degree programs covering sustainability, landscaping and horticulture.

Thus, the Eden Project has particularly strong sustainability ambitions, having already reduced carbon emissions by 35 per cent in less than a decade from 2012 to 2020. It is committed to becoming a climate-positive organisation by 2030. Concurrently, Volvo CE has its own desire to reach a net zero greenhouse gas emission by 2040.

The Eden Project has taken on many new Eden sites across the world, including one Down Under.

In Anglesea, Victoria, working alongside Australia’s Alcoa, this eco-tourist attraction will be the furthest Eden from Cornwall and is due to open its gates in 2026.


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