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The Environmental Impact of Mobile Crane Operations, and Ways to Minimise It

A crane hire company’s triple bottom line – the social, economic, and environmental impacts of their processes – is an increasingly important metric to customers, clients, and investors. When the construction of a major project is underway, the organisers must not overlook the environmental impacts in favour of the positive social and economic ones. Mobile cranes are indispensable tools, capable of lifting and moving heavy loads with precision and efficiency. However, alongside these undeniable benefits, crane operations also come with environmental considerations. Part of our social responsibility is to discuss the ways that these impacts can be mitigated by sustainable practices on the worksite.


Understanding the Environmental Impact


  1. Energy consumption and output: Operating a mobile crane requires a generous amount of energy expenditure. Most mobile cranes are fitted with diesel engines which emit pollutants like carbon monoxide and diesel particulate matter when fuel is burned. These emissions are then absorbed by the atmosphere. The fuel source is generally derived from crude oil, a substance which is extracted unsustainably from the earth.

  2. Noise pollution: crane operations can generate high levels of noise, which not only disturb local residents but also impact the surrounding ecosystem.

  3. Waste generation: the construction process often generates waste, including materials and fuels, which can contribute to landfill and pollution


Minimising the Impact


  1. Use of efficient equipment: our newer, more energy–efficient crane models like the 15t Franna Crane or the 55t All Terrain crane can reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

  2. Proper maintenance: we ensure all of our cranes are properly maintained to operate at peak efficiency and minimise fuel consumption and emissions.

  3. Advanced planning: as the client, you are responsible for planning your project in a careful and efficient manner to avoid excessive crane movement and operations.

  4. Noise mitigation measures: implementing noise-reducing technologies and scheduling operations during off-peak hours can help minimise noise pollution and keep your neighbourhood reputation in good stead!

  5. Site Rehabilitation: after completing a project, focus on rehabilitating the construction site to restore natural habitats and minimise ecosystem disruption.

  6. Operator Training: At St George Cranes, we will always give you the option of wet hire, where one of our personally-vetted crane operators jumps onsite to assist you with operations. Well-trained crane operators can optimise operations, reducing energy waste and potential damage.


The environmental impact of mobile crane operations is a pressing concern that demands attention from the construction industry. By adopting advanced technologies, efficient practices, and a proactive approach to sustainability, crane hire companies in Sydney can significantly reduce the ecological footprint of their operations. As the world moves toward a greener future, it’s imperative for mobile crane companies to play their part in building a more sustainable construction landscape. Through a combination of innovation, responsible practices, and continuous improvement, the industry can strike a balance between progress and environmental conservation. Contact St George Cranes to make your vision a reality.

Date posted: August 20, 2023 | St George Cranes