The rental business model enables more efficient use of equipment, which reduces the demand for non-renewable resources and decreases carbon footprint from a life cycle perspective. But how can you further decrease your carbon footprint when using rental equipment?
Maybe the easiest way to decrease your carbon footprint when using rental equipment is to try to use the equipment more efficiently and to be careful about turning it off when you do not use it. This will also save you some costs, which is usually highly appreciated.
Electricity from renewable sources
When using rental equipment powered by electricity you could further reduce your carbon footprint by using electricity from renewable sources such as wind, water and solar power. For example, the CO2 emissions from the production of renewable electricity are estimated to be close to zero. More and more energy suppliers provide this alternative.
When using rental equipment run by fuels, you could investigate the possibility to use renewable fuels instead of fossil fuels. For example, CO2 emissions from renewable fuels are much lower than those from fossil fuels. Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) allow renewable fuels to be used on the equipment, but you should always double check this to be sure.
It is not easy to get the full picture of the environmental footprint from the usage of equipment. There are many aspects to take into consideration, such as how the renewable energy is produced and if it contains substances such as palm oil.
Our ambition is to continue to provide examples on how you can use rental equipment in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way.