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Speedy launches ‘industry first’ green initiative

Speedy, the UK’s largest tool and equipment hire company, has launched a new campaign to help its customers meet their environmental goals and reduce costs by addressing green issues at site level.

The 'Getting Greener from the Ground Up' campaign focuses on the four key areas of waste reduction, resource management, energy efficiency and pollution, providing practical solutions and improved communication.

As part of the scheme, Speedy is also rolling out an industry first ‘Green Options’ GO Initiative – under which customers can reduce costs and carbon by choosing the green option from a range of tools and equipment.

Speedy will provide a comprehensive range of products selected for their superior environmental performance as well as information and advice on carbon and energy efficiency.

Participating customers will receive specific monthly statistics on the amount of carbon, energy and money that has been saved through the use of tools and equipment in the ‘Green Options’ range.

This data will not only provide evidence of customers’ commitment to the green agenda – an increasingly important requirement for tender documents and also vital for corporate responsibility reports – but will also clearly show that choosing the green option makes sound commercial sense.

To ensure the scheme is underpinned by accurate environmental performance data, all products in Speedy’s ‘Green Options’ range have been independently assessed and evaluated by environmental consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM).

Claudio Veritiero, managing director, UK & Ireland Asset Services at Speedy said: “While industry-wide sustainability targets need to be met, saving money is still at the forefront of contractors’ minds.

“We firmly believe that the two go hand in hand and our GO initiative will provide straightforward information to help our customers improve sustainability, increase efficiency and reduce costs.

“The goal of these initiatives is to help affect these changes through talks, training and education at ground level. For this to work, sensible solutions and accessible information must be provided to operatives on site.

“At Speedy, we’re committed to providing our customers with trustworthy information, a wide range of ‘green’ products and the means to prove their commitment to sustainability.

“However, in turn, we are asking for our customers to demonstrate their commitment by supporting this initiative and we’re asking our suppliers to continue to develop innovative products and submit them for testing.

“Speedy has always been at the forefront of bringing new products to the marketplace and we are particularly interested to hear from new suppliers who have innovative products that help in this regard. Over the coming months we will be launching further new products, all of which reduce energy consumption or waste.

Charles Allison, leading the ERM environmental consultancy team supporting Speedy with the GO Initiative, said:

“We've conducted a streamlined assessment of the carbon footprint of items of equipment in the green range, applying the principles of the Publicly Available Standard 2050, to provide robust and credible information for Speedy's customers.

“The assessment considers emissions from both the manufacture and use of the equipment. The CO2 benefits of items in the green range are calculated in comparison to typical alternative products.

“Non-carbon benefits - such as prevention of soil contamination -have also been evaluated using a qualitative assessment matrix. We're delighted to be supporting the first initiative of its kind in this sector.'“

Speedy has a long standing commitment to improving sustainability and has been heavily involved in the development of products such as the EnviroCabin, Emissions Buster, Site Saver and VT1-eco lighting tower.

For more information on Getting Greener From The Ground Up and the GO Initiative, please visit