Construction equipment activities are a major part of many infrastructure projects. This type of equipment typically releases large quantities of green house gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions may come from fuel consumption. Furthermore, equipment productivity affects the fuel consumption. Thus, an estimating tool based on the construction equipment productivity rate is able to accurately assess the GHG emissions resulted from the equipment activities. This paper proposes a methodology to estimate the environmental impact for a common construction activity. This paper delivers sensitivity analysis and a case study for an excavator based on trench excavation activity. The methodology delivered in this study can be applied to a stand-alone model, or a module that is integrated with other emissions estimators. The GHG emissions are highly correlated to diesel fuel use, which is approximately 10.15 kilograms (kg) of CO2 per gallon of diesel fuel. The results showed that the productivity rate model as the result from multiple regression analysis can be used as the basis for estimating GHG emissions, and also as the framework for developing emissions footprint and understanding the environmental impact from construction equipment activities introduction.
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Research Article| September 29 2017
How to estimate green house gas (GHG) emissions from an excavator by using CAT’s performance chart
Apif M. Hajji;
AIP Conf. Proc. 1887, 020047 (2017)
Apif M. Hajji, Michael P. Lewis; How to estimate green house gas (GHG) emissions from an excavator by using CAT’s performance chart. AIP Conf. Proc. 29 September 2017; 1887 (1): 020047. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5003530
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