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United Rentals combines telematics with emissions tracking

United Rentals announced a new data-driven solution in its cloud-based Total Control fleet management platform that helps provide insights customers can use across their programs to monitor and manage their environmental impact.

With Total Control Emissions Tracking, companies can create estimated GHG and engine emissions reports based on the rental equipment they use, which could help them advance their sustainability strategies.

Total Control Emissions Tracking is designed to help customers measure and assess the environmental footprint of their rental equipment. It provides customers with information that can lead to informed decision making on how they can make changes to their fleet and usage to reduce equipment emissions. The digital solution captures telematics equipment engine time usage data, fuel type, and more. It uses published emission factors to estimate emissions of GHGs and source pollutants such as nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide and particulate matter, which customers are then encouraged to verify for compliance reporting purposes.

“We are focused on delivering tangible innovations that support our customers’ sustainability efforts,” said Tony Leopold, Senior Vice President, 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 and helping customers. The company has set a target to reduce its GHG emissions intensity by 35% by 2030, compared to 2018, in addition to several other environmental, social and governance goals recently outlined in its report on corporate responsibility.

“As an industry leader, we recognize our responsibility and opportunity to help reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” said Joli Gross, SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at United Rentals. “We are committed to finding innovative and environmentally friendly ways for ourselves and our customers to work together to build a better, more sustainable future.”

With equipment rentals at the core of its business, United Rentals’ business model inherently helps reduce emissions by eliminating the need for customers to purchase their own equipment. The Total Control platform provides a solution to help companies build a smarter jobsite by managing both their owned and leased equipment, reducing annual equipment costs by up to a third, and tracking and monitor the fleet.

Total Control’s existing sustainability-focused capabilities include the ability for customers to track engine hours and use this information to help reduce engine idling and improve compliance with idling policies of the company. The solution also tracks equipment usage which helps users have the right size fleets, which can conserve natural resources. Some of the equipment companies can manage with Total Control include aerial work platforms, compressors, earthmoving machinery, light towers and generators, skid steer loaders, crawler loaders, and more.

Source: United Rentals

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