Updated ERA CO2 Calculator compares scenarios

By Belinda Smart17 March 2021

The European Rental Association (ERA) has released an updated version of its recently launched ERA Equipment CO2 Calculator allowing users to compare two separate scenarios for using construction equipment.

Michel Petitjean, ERA Secretary General, said, “By providing direct comparisons of distinct scenarios, it is much easier for equipment stakeholders to evaluate different options when using construction equipment.

“This means that they can make the most sustainable choices and minimise their impact on the environment.”

The ERA has also published a guide on how to effectively use the ERA Equipment CO2 Calculator.

The ERA Equipment CO2 Calculator was first released in January and is a free-to-use online tool that measures the carbon footprint of construction equipment over its entire lifecycle. It works across all equipment types, from mini excavators and wheel loaders to generators, boom lifts and access platforms.

The ERA says the Calculator’s accurate estimates on equipment’s carbon footprint per hour of use mean users can compare different use scenarios, understand which part of equipment’s lifecycle contributes most to the carbon footprint, as well as measure the effectiveness of alternative fuel choices.

“The Calculator can be used to evaluate a single ownership period of one piece of equipment and, furthermore, to determine the climate impact of entire fleets of equipment or the total carbon footprint of all machines on a given construction site.”

For more information, email era@erarental.org.

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