Ramirent launches first ‘green shift’ branch

By Leila Steed09 February 2022

Ramirent Alnabru: the green shift customer centre in Oslo, Norway. Ramirent Alnabru - the green shift centre in Oslo, Norway. (Photo: Ramirent)

Ramirent has established its first ‘green shift’ customer centre in Oslo, Norway, by transforming its Alnabru branch into a centre dedicated to providing environmentally-friendly construction equipment and services.

Located in the north-eastern area of the Greater Olso region, Ramirent Alnabru has been specifically refocused in order to help customers tackle key environmental challenges, as part of efforts to meet Oslo’s new emissions-free by 2025 construction sector target. 

Fredrik Brandal, Ramirent Executive Vice President, said, “Oslo Municipality has decided that the building and construction industry must be emission-free by 2025.

Staff at Ramirent Alnabru wear a distinctict green uniform Staff at Ramirent Alnabru wear a distinctict green uniform. (Photo: Ramirent)

“As a market leader in machine rental, we now want to take the lead in green rental in Greater Oslo. We are concentrating this investment on Ramirent Alnabru, which will be the group’s first green shift centre.”

The green shift centre, which has been given a new green colour scheme and will be staffed by employees clad in green uniforms, will stock Ramirent’s entire portfolio of low-carbon machinery and provide biofuel services.

Aiming to offer more than eletric and emission-free machines, Ramirent - which also recently collaborated with BKK / Eviny to provide electrical charging capabilities on construction sites - said its Alnabru site would also provide customers in the region with rental offers that, unlike outright equipment ownership, support a more circular economy.

New construction equipment eco-label. Low-carbon emission machinery Ramirent Alnabru is marked by a new eco-label. (Photo: Ramirent)

This will be aided by staff that have been specially trained in transition to zero-carbon emissions.

Brandal said, “We know that the largest CO2 emissions occur through transport at certain times of the day.

“Therefore, we are now planning an even more environmentally friendly logistics in Oslo with a short-haul and flexible transport concept for customers where we utilize the least busy times of the day.

“In addition, we offer express deliveries with electric vans during hours when traffic is not so heavily congested,” added Brandal.

According to Arne Tønsberg, District Manager for Ramirent Greater Oslo, the company has also taken “several concrete measures” to help customers in the area transition to more environmentally-friendly operations. 

“We are transferring a significant fleet of “green machines” to Alnabru,” said Tønsberg.

Arne Tønsberg, Ramirent's District Manager Greater Oslo Arne Tønsberg, Ramirent’s District Manager Greater Oslo (Photo: Ramirent)

“At the same time, we only fill our machines with biodiesel. Fuel trailers have been purchased with a tank and pump for delivery of HVO100 to construction sites.”

Tønsberg added, “A trailer will be stationed at each of our four locations in Greater Oslo, so the access will be smooth for our customers.”

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