United Rentals adds emissions tracking capabilities to fleet management platform
United Rentals, Inc. has launched a new data-driven solution in its cloud-based Total Control fleet management platform that helps to provide information contractors can use as part of their programs to monitor and manage their environmental impact. With Total Control Emissions Tracking, contractors can create estimated GHG and engine emissions reports based on the rental equipment they use, which could help advance their sustainability strategies.
Total Control Emissions Tracking is designed to help contractors measure and evaluate the environmental footprint of their rental equipment. It provides contractors insights that can lead to informed decision-making on how they can make fleet and utilization changes to decrease equipment emissions. The digital solution captures telematics-based equipment engine time usage data, fuel type, and more. It uses published emission factors to estimate GHG and source pollutant emissions such as nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter, which contractors are then encouraged to verify for compliance reporting purposes.
"We are focused on delivering tangible innovations that support our customers' sustainability efforts," says Tony Leopold, senior vice president of strategy and digital at United Rentals. "This new Total Control solution will help customers monitor and manage their emissions which will help build a cleaner economy."
United Rentals is focused on both its own environmental footprint as well as helping contractors. The company has set a goal to reduce its GHG emission intensity by 35 percent by 2030, from a 2018 baseline, in addition to several other environmental, social, and governance goals.
The Total Control platform provides a solution to help companies build a smarter worksite by managing both their owned and rented equipment – helping to reduce annual equipment costs by up to one-third, and track and monitor the fleet.
Existing Total Control capabilities include allowing contractors to track engine hours and use that information to help reduce engine idling and improve compliance with company idling policies. The solution also tracks equipment utilization that helps users right-size fleets, which can conserve natural resources. Included among the equipment that companies can manage with Total Control are aerial work platforms, compressors, earthmoving equipment, light towers and generators, skid steers, track loaders, and more.