In order to combat the threat of climate change, the UK government has laid out a strategy for a ‘green industrial revolution’ which aims to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Essentially, this means that the UK will greatly reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses, including CO2, that it adds to the atmosphere. And, for the first time, it will take out more than it puts in.

It’s certainly a lofty goal, and one which could have a huge impact on the future of our fragile planet — particularly if other countries follow suit. But how exactly is this ‘decarbonisation’ going to work? While there will be some government assistance for companies wishing to make the move to greener operations, much impetus has been put on individual business owners to improve their eco credentials.

Now, hire companies are stepping up to help their clients achieve net zero, with solutions such as Nixon Hire’s renewable energy division. A North East-based business that supplies plant, tool and equipment hire to the construction industry, Nixon Hire launched this specialist division back in 2019. And since then, they have been providing green power alternatives, such as solar power units and EV chargers, to a wide range of clients. In the future, they also hope to add a number of battery storage units to their portfolio — a piece of equipment that helps reduce emissions to zero and can be fitted to any construction site.

According to reports, solar power systems on construction sites can often pay for themselves in as little as one week, making them a great choice economically as we all are environmentally. And as well as cutting carbon emissions, the technology can greatly reduce the consumption of fuel — an important consideration as prices continue to soar. 

Speaking to BusinessLive, Nick Hibbard of Nixon Hire’s renewable energy division said, “Over more recent years, the demand is growing stronger and stronger for clean energy. Our ultimate goal at Nixon Hire is to offer our customers all the products they need to achieve a zero emissions site, which we’re delighted to say we’re not far from achieving.”

And it’s not just Nixon Power that’s getting in on the act. With the construction industry regarded as one of the worst culprits for CO2 emissions, the move to supply firms with renewable power solutions is picking up pace. And thanks to the innovation of the hire industry, net zero might just become an achievable goal.