Times Have Changed and Construction Must Meet the Challenge
Our industry is known for producing 25 to 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. How can construction companies do better? They can start with battery-powered equipment.
If it’s going up onsite these days, it’s best to make it green. We’re already almost one-fifth of the way through the 21st century and the change in public and commercial attitudes about eco-practice has been huge, but it’s still not enough. Everyone wants construction to evolve toward greater environmental responsibility.
This can be a major concern for many construction firms. They’re worried about how expensive taking such a step may be. The good news is that your firm can start making big, money-saving changes in very small ways; less than 31 inches in some cases. Read on to discover what we mean.
Carbon emissions today
We previously covered exactly how strict the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is becoming to implement a greener future for construction. We also highlighted how, beyond carbon emissions, our industry is producing too much industrial waste and is way too responsible for climate change figures. Let’s focus more on the carbon situation for now.
Things were improving for a few years; carbon emissions were on the decline and the construction, transportation, and power sectors seemed to be getting their toxic output in hand. Sadly, 2018 saw carbon emissions spike and make their second-largest annual gain in over 20 years producing 37.1 billion metric tons.
Construction (and the nation at large) do benefit from those numbers, but only in a very flawed way. All this extra carbon has come from an upturn in the economy. That’s basically good, but when this new robustness manifests itself as increased building projects, new highways, and more cars, the toxic cons start to outweigh the pros. The Greenhouse Effect is the only kind of green people don’t want.
The kind of massive change needed to rid the world of excess CO2 will have to take place at the governmental and global level. The world is waking up to the situation so there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic there. How can construction take care of its own emissions in the meantime?
CO2 in construction and what we can do
Our sector produces CO2 in many ways. It’s common as a compressed gas in pneumatic equipment and is present through the entire building cycle. From extraction, manufacturing, and transportation, to the construction, maintenance and disposal processes; every step produces carbon.
Solutions can be adopted by more responsible disposal of our construction waste. We can also use more sustainable materials like timber, which will reduce the amount of carbon inherent in cement (low-carbon cements are set to become far more widely used). Arguably the most vital change you can make on your site is energy management. If you’re still relying on gas-guzzling diesel dinosaurs, it’s time to recharge your approach.
Battery-power eliminates a ton of CO2 and a lot of problems
Remember what we said earlier about an upturn in the economy and more construction as a result? This makes now the perfect time for your firm to get on board by purchasing battery-powered equipment. The more environmentally responsible you are, the greater the chance you can meet the tightening EPA deadlines, win public approval, and secure more bids.
Versatility and adaptability are the two keywords our industry needs to embrace, and the Sherpa’s embody that spirit. They can be fitted with any one of 15 additional attachments that transform the little rigs into powerful hammers, rolling brooms, pallet forks, and much more. Both the ECO and EHD sidestep toxic emissions entirely. They don’t just save the world; they save you money over time by zero fuel costs, minimal repair, and no worries about EPA fines.
We weren’t kidding when we said you could make small changes in a big way. The EHD is only 30 inches wide, and the ECO is even smaller! This minimal frame allows them to get into tight spaces, ride elevators, and sacrifice none of their remarkable performance power. Try one onsite and see the massive changes your whole operation can make for the better.
Some more information on the carbon situation
You can discover more about the wider carbon situation and read the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction’s 2018 status report for an in-depth look at construction’s carbon future. The United Nations has faith that our sector can make huge strides in reducing carbon emissions.
We do too, and we’d love your firm to be part of the better industry that’s coming.