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John Deere puts sustainability in the spotlight

John Deere has reaffirmed its position as one of the quarrying industry’s key original equipment manufacturers focusing on sustainable products.

Sustainability is not just a buzzword for John Deere; it is something the company advocates for throughout the organisation.

From an executive level to the machines rolling out of the production room floor, John Deere has taken key steps to ensure its equipment and operations have sustainable features.

Quarry spoke to senior group product manager of precision construction, John Deere construction and forestry Andrew Kahler, about the year that was for John Deere.

“At John Deere, we continue to provide customers with groundbreaking, smart technologies aimed to improve user experience in the present and yield proven results in the future,” he said.

“Our portfolio of precision construction technologies is strategically curated to help our customers manage their fleets, improve job site performance, and enhance operator skillsets, helping to equip the next generations of construction professionals.”

ENVIRONMENTAL AIMS

In 2023, at this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG show, John Deere showcased its latest technology offerings. This included advanced vision and object detection solutions, SmartWeigh, standard EZ Grade on P-Tier small dozers and a variety of other grade management and automation solutions available to customers.

This year saw the rise of attention and education to important considerations for the industry, such as sustainability; with a committed approach to this John Deere set on reducing its carbon footprint and ensuring the sustainability of its engines.

Kahler said there were several key initiatives that the company is undertaking to reduce CO2 emissions.

These initiatives included improving the fuel efficiency of their machines. John Deere has achieved an average fuel efficiency improvement of 16 per cent across its construction equipment product line over the past decade.

“This is a significant achievement, and it has been accomplished through a combination of engine technology improvements and machine design enhancements,” Kahler said.

The company is also investing in alternative fuel technologies in addition to improving fuel efficiency.

For example, the company has developed a hybrid-electric powertrain for their wheel loader machines, which can reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 40 per cent. The company is also exploring biofuels, such as biodiesel, to reduce its carbon footprint in the coming year.

As a company, they celebrated Reman Day this year. The event highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of remanufactured parts, and the effective role they can play in growing business and industry sustainability.

John Deere Reman is one of the world’s leading divisions in the production of remanufactured parts at an equal or better standard than the original, helping to reduce waste and conserve natural resources.

John Deere Australia and New Zealand aftermarket and customer support director, Emma Ford, said remanufacturing was an integral contributor to the company’s mission to connect with businesses and customers worldwide to support communities as the global population grows sustainably.

Another important topic the company committed to improving this year was jobsite safety. The company set out to achieve this through precision construction and smart tech machines.

John Deere not only focuses on innovation in machines that make jobs easier and efficient but also machines that make the job safer.

“We all know that safety is the number one priority. Especially given that the jobsite is never the same two days in a row,” Kahler said.

John Deere’s Precision construction philosophy is about total control of what the operators is doing with the machine. According to the company, the best way to do precision construction is with Deere Obstacle Intelligence. Obstacle Intelligence uses a combination of cameras, radar, and machine learning to protect anyone and anything in close proximity.

Kahler said  John Deere was committed to making everyone’s livelihood better.

“The year that was 2023 proved to be an exciting and innovative year shaped by environmental and people-focused considerations,” he said.

“Looking to 2024 John Deere is excited and focused on improving and advancing the way machines can help people, and businesses and help make less impact on the environment.”•

For more information, visit deere.com.au

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