CONSTRUCTION companies are increasingly considering the environmental impact of their operations and this includes their machinery choices. Legislation has driven the development of clean engines – in the off-highway sector new machines must now be built with Stage V low emission engines.
Of course, battery power is also now becoming more prominent as a power source for smaller plant and equipment.
So, what about tyres?
Tyre Boss is the UK distributor of TY cushion solid tyres and Techking OTR tyres. Owned and run by Wayne and Vick Collins, the specialist tyre supplier is, like their counterparts in the sector, actively considering ways to mitigate their own carbon footprint.
It is a well-known fact that cushion solid tyres actually use less CO2 simply due to the fact that they last 2-3 times the life of normal OTR tyres. Thanks to their durability, fewer are produced, minimising carbon used in production, transportation and installation. In fact, they also have a very low rolling resistance which in turn uses less fuel than standard tyres, lowering the carbon impact still further.
One climate positive action the company has already taken is to sign up to more:trees; a scheme that will organise to plant a tree for every order received by Tyre Boss in order to offset CO2. more:trees ties up with tree planting partners across the world who work with local communities to restore healthy forests and reduce extreme poverty. Planting trees helps sequester harmful emissions while providing co-benefits such as water filtration, shelter, food sources, poverty alleviation and biodiversity.
Vick Collins of Tyre Boss acknowledges that the company cannot just stop there if it is to become carbon neutral going forwards: “We are keeping an eye on how electric and hydrogen might be able to help us in the future, particularly with the plant and transport fleet. If lots of companies take small actions then it will combine to make a big difference.”