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Forklift users are under increasing pressure to cut carbon emissions
Column:Company News Time:2021-01-14

A new study conducted by Calor in the UK on forklift users found that about 38% of the replacements said they are facing increasing pressure to reduce the carbon emissions of their forklift fleet. This pressure may now rise in a somewhat significant legal ruling involving the death of a 9-year-old London girl. This girl is the first person in the UK and even the world to list "air pollution" as the cause of death. It was finally announced that the insurance company would be activated to put pressure on the warehouse operators of diesel forklifts, because and already have a legal obligation to turn the warehouse into a safe place.

Although 54% of respondents recognize that carbon reduction is a very important consideration when choosing fuel for forklift fleets, they must take into account other operational and commercial priorities. Factors related to carbon emissions include cost (65%), fuel efficiency (64%), machine downtime (63%), supply security (59%) and fuel supplier customer service level (57%). Surprisingly, only 51% of respondents consider cleanliness to be a very important issue, while only 8% of retail, leisure and catering industry respondents said their business has been very important in the past 12 months. Effectively reduce carbon emissions.


The Calor report shows that in terms of fuel selection, there are big differences between regions and industries, which reflects that technologies to reduce carbon emissions are facing stricter barriers. For example, in the fields of manufacturing and utilities, due to the limitations of the energy, electricity, and battery technology required for the production process, and the grid is currently unable to fully meet demand during peak hours, they feel that excessive dumping of diesel is restricted.


Companies in the manufacturing, utilities, retail, catering and leisure industries need vehicles with sufficient torque to lift and transfer heavier products, which prevents them from using electric forklifts because they say that the performance of electric forklifts is poor in this case . Users of outdoor fleets also find that electrical equipment is not suitable for their needs, because humid environments may cause problems with wiring circuits and electrical components. Another discouraging factor is that 62% of the respondents believe that they do not have enough charging points to power forklifts. Electric forklifts must be charged daily and cooled for several hours before use.


However, the tremendous advances in chargers and batteries have alleviated these concerns. Electric forklift manufacturers claim that, especially those powered by lithium-ion and iron phosphate batteries, charging time is no longer a challenge. They are comparable to the performance of diesel and LPG, and perform well in outdoor conditions.


Of course, there are other forklift fuels, such as liquefied petroleum gas. Although it is cleaner than diesel (without benzene), it is still not very clean when used. However, by providing a biological liquefied petroleum gas fuel, compared with traditional liquefied petroleum gas , Which can reduce carbon emissions by 20-32%, and has made great progress in reducing carbon emissions.


The good news is that about 94% of the interviewees believe that more measures can be taken to reduce carbon emissions. This is an area where government help can play a big role. Government financial incentives can change the behavior of end users.