Sustainability and eco-consciousness are key topics in today’s society. Every industry is facing ecological challenges and the construction industry is certainly no exception to this.
Sustainability within the construction industry is achievable in all areas. From the responsible extraction of ground materials to onsite operations and the construction of sustainable infrastructures – the opportunities to pave the way to a more sustainable world are plentiful.
For Equippo, one of the core challenges lies within the redistribution of cleaner equipment, as well as maximizing the lifecycle of a given piece of equipment. By being able to give that construction equipment a second life (or more!) is a great way to contribute to the overall sustainability of the industry.
And that is where Equippo can help make a difference – by easily connecting machine owners who no longer require their equipment for any ongoing projects with construction companies ready to take on a project but who don’t have the right machinery at their disposal. By enabling our customers to acquire used equipment and avoiding the impact of new machine production, Equippo assists them in reducing their carbon footprint, contributing to building a greener world.
In our industry, machines are a tool for a project. Once the project is done, the machine needs to be dedicated to a new project. But not all machines fit all job sites around the world. Some job sites will require more modern and clean machines, based on regulation, and some job sites will require older, more mechanical, machines that are more adapted to their local economy, technologies, as well as repair and maintenance facilities.
Therefore, the same machine can have an extended lifecycle around the globe if given a chance. If a machine is at the end of its project and its “lifetime” in a country such as Germany with more advanced technology or tougher regulations, it might still be very good for job sites in other parts of the world.
In the end, thanks to its tech-driven, end-to-end, approach and worldwide reach, Equippo helps buyers and sellers from around the globe in economies of all types, to reduce their carbon footprint and provide an improved and more sustainable lifecycle to their construction equipment.
29% of Equippo buyers are from developing countries. We have delivered jobsite to jobsite to Asia, Africa, and South America, including Tanzania, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Bolivia and many more. Used equipment, equipped with older and dirtier engines than the new equipment in highly regulated markets we see delivered to users today, may not appear to be very good for the environment. Let's think this through.
We have surveyed hundreds of our buyers around the world to measure the impact of equipment we have delivered. Our key finding was surprising: A majority of buyers are indeed upgrading when they buy a European machine from us. And here, there is a double gain in redeployment. Whenever our buyers are upgrading, we are replacing an even older and dirtier machine, often going to backup duty or getting scrapped and parted out. The European machines we deliver are more fuel-efficient and equipped with cleaner engines than the equipment we are replacing. This leads to a substantial win for the environment.
On the other hand, our sellers are also upgrading to cleaner machines when they buy new. Our higher selling price helps them do this sooner and improve their environmental footprint and profitability. It's a double win.
We have started the process to measure this impact, applying a sustainability framework called Rose, in collaboration with START of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. First estimations have shown us that the CO2 reduction achieved by the equipment we have delivered is around 5.000 tons per year. The impact of upgrading used equipment is in fact much higher than the impact of upgrading young machines to new equipment. EU emissions norms for 300 horsepower engines mandated reductions of CO2 emissions by 70% moving from EU stage 1 to EU stage 3, but have not reduced further moving from Stage 3 to 5.
We are serious about learning about the impact we have and tracking this categorised by the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals SDG.
Last but not least, our jobsite to jobsite model with direct transportation and local storage yards as close to our sellers as possible helps avoid double or triple transport. This also leads to CO2 emissions reduction for every unit we sell.
Interested in discussing the topic with us? Reach out to michael [at] equippo.com