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How Modern Mechanical Handling Equipment Can Help Lower Your Business’ Carbon Emissions

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Mechanical handling equipment has come a long way over the last 100 years of so. With the invention of the forklift we were suddenly able to lift larger, heavier loads than ever before. This technology drove industry and development for decades, with construction projects becoming bigger and better than ever before. Sadly this meant until recently there were huge carbon footprints associates with each and every major construction project we embarked on.

Thanks to innovation in recent years, your heavy lifting activities on site no longer needs to be directly harmful to the environment. In fact, with the latest mechanical handling equipment, you can lower your business’ carbon emissions without negatively affecting your bottom line.

Electric forklifts are a great example of this. Unlike the internal combustion/diesel forklifts of the 20th century, the latest electric forklifts are surprisingly environmentally friendly. Not only do these rechargeable vehicles run on entirely on electricity, they are much quieter than diesel forklifts meaning that they don’t generate any real noise or air pollution. This in turn means that electric forklifts are perfectly suited for indoor warehouse and construction work where air quality and noise levels are extremely important to health and safety. As if this wasn’t enough, they’re designed to be more compact, manoeuvring better when compared to diesel forklifts carrying similar loads.

Such impressive machinery often sounds expensive, especially when you have your business’ bottom line to consider. Believe it or not, these electric forklifts are often cheaper to maintain than their diesel counterparts, not only because they’re smaller, but the lack of an internal combustion engine means that they contain less moving parts to worry about, which means the amount of parts which may need replacement is cheaper and can be brought online conveniently at places like securefixdirect.

Not all warehouse applications require a piece of mechanical handling equipment capable of lifting several tonnes several metres into the air however. Using an electric forklift in these situations is no longer the most environmentally friendly option. Depending on the application required, there are a range of manual stackers and pallet trucks which simply rely on the hydraulic pressure generated by a hand-pump which allows you to effectively move and carry loads of up to 2500kg. Since the mechanics run on manual pumps, there are zero carbon emissions associated with the operation these manual handling tools other than those your staff would normally produce by breathing. As long as you’re not looking to lift your load more than 2 metres, these are without a doubt the most environmentally friendly pieces of manual handling equipment around.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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