As we approach the end of the year, there is on issue dominating our conversations: sustainability. Lowering pollution levels has long been on the agenda for governing bodies. Take the introduction of Stage V regulations for new non-road vehicles, limiting particle number emissions, and the Mayor of London replacing the T-Charge with the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Action is being taken to reduce the amount of pollution across the UK, but there’s plenty more work to be done.
Battery powered kit continues to develop, though, and the number of companies and local authorities adopting this technology is on the rise. Read more about this on page 6, where leading industry suppliers discuss the trend and how they are ironing out any concerns with battery powered kit going forward.
Electric vehicles are also gaining popularity, with more than 30 companies signing up to the EV100 initiative to transition to an electric fleet by 2030 and hopefully push down the price of electric vehicles. Mitie recently signed up and on page 9 tells us why switching to electric makes business sense, for both large and small companies.
The environment isn’t the only concern when it comes to kit, though. Angus Lindsay from idverde says equipment theft is on the rise, and on page 12 we speak to him about some of the methods contractors can use to deter thieves or track down stolen items.
But how do you choose the kit in the first place? This supplement doesn’t just look at the problems in the industry, after all. It highlights some of the top equipment on the market, from SPA Power Machinery’s growing offering of innovative solutions (page 14), which started with the Easy Petrol Post Driver, to what you can expect to find at two leading trade shows this year – FutureScape and Saltex. Head to page 21 to flick through some of the latest launches too, from chippers to wackerplates.