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United Rentals white paper offers roadmap to low- and zero-emission job sites

By Brock Huffstutler

January 21, 2024

United Rentals, Stamford, Conn., has released a white paper that aims to inform companies about how they can implement sustainable business practices that reduce equipment greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while maintaining job site productivity and safety.

The white paper, Roadmap to Low-Emission and Zero-Emission Jobsites, shares what United Rentals described as four practical steps to reduce emissions and the tools and equipment to make sustainability strategies a reality on the job site.

The practices detailed in the document employ digital tools to guide fleet sustainability decisions and greener equipment options that help construction and industrial companies reach lower-emission targets without erasing profit margins, the company said.

“For companies with budgets large or small, reducing job site emissions is possible now,” said Grant Zoldowski, director of environmental management, United Rentals. “A smart job site sustainability strategy starts with data. Targeting the predominant sources of emissions on projects and job sites allows companies to focus their efforts and dollars on changes that will yield the biggest results. This approach provides the foundation for more sustainable power generation, battery storage and electric equipment options.”

The four job site sustainability initiatives detailed in the white paper include:

  • Identifying the biggest improvement opportunities
  • Embracing power generation alternatives
  • Leveraging battery energy storage
  • Incorporating electric or hybrid equipment

“Renting provides an opportunity for companies to experiment with more sustainable solutions such as electric machines, portable power options, and battery energy storage systems without investing in new equipment. All of these technologies can work together to reduce the reliance on petroleum-based diesel and help companies shift to lower-emission and even zero-emission fleets,” Zoldowski said.