Six months after it became a legal requirement for companies to report their carbon emissions, one of the UK’s leading pallet truck providers is urging those that haven’t made efforts to reduce their carbon footprint to spend much of this year developing new policies and trying to cut down. Midland Pallet Trucks is one of the premier providers of pallet trucks and manual handling equipment to businesses all over Britain, and they have spoken out on numerous occasions to encourage more businesses to manage the costs of carbon emissions and to become more eco-friendly.
Many workplaces are totally in the dark about how carbon emissions cost them as a business. Carbon taxes are in place to penalise those that aren’t tackling their emissions, and the cost of certain fuels for transportation and other working processes are often sky-high. The legislation that came into play six months ago this week aimed to alert more businesses to these extortionate costs by ensuring that they are reported. Many businesses have been shocked by the amount they are spending on carbon and are making efforts to improve.
Phil Chesworth, of Midland Pallet Trucks, says, "Companies have now had six months to assess the funds that carbon emissions are draining from their business. As a result of this, thousands of businesses are turning to manual handling solutions such as hand-operated pallet trucks in order to reduce the amount of harmful emissions they are creating in their everyday operations. Not only will this help to save them money, it will also leave the industry, and indeed, the country, in much better shape."
Hand-operated equipment is a surefire way to reduce emissions in a workplace. They are highly efficient, they can increase productivity among workers, and they are a highly sensible investment when the economy is so volatile. Lightweight hand pallet trucks, for example, can carry huge weights of up to 3000kg with relative ease, and they don’t require any extra fuel or electricity that could lead to excess carbon emission. No heavy machinery, no expensive fuel bills – just efficiency and environmental-consciousness. Aerial work platforms, drum loaders, lift tables and manual stacker trucks also fall into the same category. They don’t require fuel or chemical to function, just manpower provided by employees.
Investing in such durable, long-lasting trucks also has a positive effect on carbon emissions in the long run. These trucks are so hardwearing they will last for many years, reducing the need to go rushing out to replace them every few years. This in turn reduces the carbon emissions of the whole industry and is a fantastic way to comply with government rules and regulations regarding carbon emissions.