PMV Middle East - - LAST LOOK -

Rental of con­struc­tion equip­ment ticks all the boxes in ful­fill­ing cir­cu­lar econ­omy prin­ci­ples and is, there­fore, the per­fect cir­cu­lar model, ac­cord­ing to a study com­mis­sioned by the Euro­pean Rental As­so­ci­a­tion (ERA).

The study was con­ducted by three in­de­pen­dent re­search providers - Cli­mate Neu­tral Group, CE Delft, and SGS Search.

The main ob­jec­tive was to take a closer look at the im­pact of rental on the car­bon foot­print of con­struc­tion equip­ment and iden­tify how to min­imise its car­bon foot­print through in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis. Ten pieces of con­struc­tion equip­ment from sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ers were an­a­lysed for the re­search. They were care­fully se­lected to rep­re­sent a wide va­ri­ety of pop­u­lar equip­ment cat­e­gories in­clud­ing earth­mov­ing, ma­te­rial han­dling, pow­ered ac­cess, power gen­er­a­tion, and hand tools.

The out­come not only shows that rent­ing con­struc­tion equip­ment helps re­duce car­bon emis­sions, but also that th­ese re­duc­tions can be sig­nif­i­cant, rang­ing from 30% to as much as 50% depend­ing on how the equip­ment is used.

The study iden­ti­fies that rent­ing equip­ment low­ers car­bon emis­sions in the fol­low­ing ways:

• Equip­ment ad­e­quacy: rent­ing en­sures the right equip­ment is used for the job. By pro­vid­ing a wide range of prod­ucts to choose from, it en­ables con­trac­tors to use the best ma­chine for the task.

• Op­ti­mised trans­port: rented equip­ment trav­els shorter dis­tances (rental branches are usu­ally close to con­struc­tion sites), and de­liv­ery trucks rarely travel back empty (as rented equip­ment is picked up at the same time other is de­liv­ered). This com­bined with the fact that truck size and load fac­tors are op­ti­mised sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces fuel use and emis­sions from trans­port.

• Util­i­sa­tion rate: rent­ing max­imises the util­i­sa­tion rate of each piece of equip­ment and in­creases fuel con­sump­tion ef­fi­ciency per hour of use.

• Main­te­nance: rented equip­ment is very well­main­tained, which in­creases their ef­fi­ciency and life­time.

Michel Petit­jean, Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the ERA, said: “Our in­dus­try is per­fectly placed to drive fu­ture dis­cus­sions on how to fur­ther im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity of con­struc­tion equip­ment. To this end, we have iden­ti­fied sev­eral ar­eas for fur­ther ef­fi­ciency gains, in­clud­ing mak­ing re­spon­si­ble fuel and al­ter­na­tive en­ergy choices, op­ti­mis­ing lo­gis­tics and the trans­porta­tion of con­struc­tion equip­ment, and re­cov­er­ing most ma­te­ri­als by en­sur­ing proper re­cy­cling and re­pairs.”

A re­cent re­port from the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) states that the build­ing and con­struc­tion sec­tor must de­car­bonise by 2050 to meet the goals of the Paris Agree­ment. In this con­text, the use of con­struc­tion equip­ment is one of the ar­eas where the cli­mate im­pact can be min­imised – which is where rental en­ters into play.

Overview of to­tal and net car­bon foot­prints

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