Construction equipment rental market ready to step up to the plate

(EurActiv, 21 Feb 2020) Less than three months in for the new Commission, and already it is clear that tackling climate change is the top priority. In her Political Guidelines, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen committed to put forward a “comprehensive plan” to increase the EU’s emissions reduction target to 55% and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Such a move will of course require legislative instruments, many of which we can expect later this year – and in the case of the climate neutrality objective, early next month!

But these targets don’t just require legislators to play their role – business too needs to step up to the plate and take on its share of responsibility.

Role of construction equipment rental sector

The construction equipment rental sector is no exception. The European Rental Association, with 5,000 members made up of rental companies and national rental associations (which represents around 5,000 rental companies across Europe), is already perfectly placed to help Europe both achieve its ambitious targets and bring us closer to meeting the Paris climate goals.

But don’t just take our word for it.

A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report states the building and construction sector must decarbonise by 2050 to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.  In this context, the use of construction equipment is one of the areas where the climate impact can be minimised – which is where rental enters into play.

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EurActiv, 21 Feb 2020: Construction equipment rental market ready to step up to the plate