GOING GREEN: Black Cat Civil directors Brendan Flynn and Jai Tomlinson.
GOING GREEN: Black Cat Civil directors Brendan Flynn and Jai Tomlinson.

The earthmoving firm cutting carbon emissions

IT'S not every day a local company can lay claim to being the first in Australia to embrace cutting edge machine technology designed to run with green and lean operational benefits, through reduced fuel costs and near zero emissions.

The Sunshine Coast-based Black Cat Civil, with operations across civil, mining and construction industries, is the first company in Australia to introduce a fully Tier 4 emissions compliant machine to its fleet with its new CAT F-series excavator.

Black Cat Civil directors Brendan Flynn and Jai Tomlinson believe innovation through technology will not only play a primary role in shifting operational culture but also allow the civil construction industry to improve productivity and reduce both operating costs and its carbon footprint.

With growing operations in the Northern Territory and Queensland, the duo said the move was a real break in the market for Black Cat, affording the company a competitive advantage.

"We have been waiting for this type of machine for some years - it is pretty exciting for us so we wanted to take it on board," Mr Tomlinson said.

"Tier 4 means not only are emissions reduced but so, too, is fuel so we not only have immediate savings, but with the option of running bio-fuel in the future we can expect even greater savings.

"The CAT excavator will have a major impact on large road and civil projects where space is at a premium. We will be looking to place it on an upcoming major road project in south-east Queensland.

"The way technology is going and the current trend toward reduced emissions, we believe you've got to take the bull by the horns and get in front of the shifts rather than stick to the older style.

"Already we are seeing 16% better fuel economy alone than previous excavators so we can pass those savings on to our customers.

"With projects running in almost every state, some with developers and consortiums and others that are government funded, so the cost savings are to the taxpayer as well."