Green Access Solutions: Rising to Meet Today’s Environmental Challenges
by Zach Gilmor - Product Manager On Jan 2, 2020, 03:00 AM
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Around the globe, capital cities and large provincial towns are going greener. Whether it’s a question of using number plates to regulate traffic on alternate days, creating large pedestrian areas or restricting and banning high polluting vehicles, urban policies in general are seeking to find ways of improving the quality of the environment. Some municipalities are taking the issue further by imposing local emissions and noise regulations that are even stricter than those generally applied in their country.
Understanding New Mindsets and Regulations
Worldwide, and in Europe in particular, the environment is at the center of national, regional and urban political debate. The result: Mindsets in terms of energy are evolving. Regulations regarding CO2 emissions and noise are becoming much stricter. With this comes a change of outlook for car owners, as well as for transport companies and building contractors. In the short term, there are many cities where access for diesel vehicles will be simply be forbidden!
Responding to Constraints and Obligations
To ensure their business success in the long-term, contractors are under pressure to adapt to these new constraints. The same applies to rental companies who will need to offer their customers equipment that complies with this new legislation to maintain their business activity.
Changing Fleet Management Strategy
Focusing on this new reality, more and more rental companies are changing the way they manage their fleets by investing in an increasing number of clean solutions to support their aerial offering. Some have even created a dedicated “green” product category that they expect will offer high business potential rapidly.
Our customers declared the need for “green” MEWPs:
- 52% for reduced noise and emissions
- 52% for the advantages of their “2-In-1” indoor and outdoor operation
- 50% for a “green” company image
- 48% for the benefits they offer when working overnight and in urban areas
- 46% for hybrids with the ability to work on sites where electricity is not available
- 46% for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Combining Solutions and Opportunities
Constantly aiming to support its rental and end-user customers’ success, research carried out by Genie has led to the development of an expanding range of innovative, purposeful aerial access products that offer clean and quiet jobsite equipment solutions, which can be used in a wide range of urban applications, including:
- Building restoration and painting
- Park maintenance and tree-cutting
- Seasonal decorations
- Window cleaning of public facilities
- Installation of lighting and air conditioning
- Night time applications/pedestrian precincts
- Overhead work on tunnels
- Overhead electric tasks
- Access on sports stadiums
- Steel and wood erection
The objective: Enable customers to respond to new demands to open the door to new business opportunities. With Genie® hybrid, bi-energy or new generation 100% electric mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs), tomorrow is already today with a wide choice of green access equipment solutions designed to help contractors and rental companies rise to current and future challenges.