Seeds of change
Today, the world is changing.
Many US cities, including Los Angeles, have already banned petrol-powered leaf blowers.
European cities like Berlin, for example, are following suit.
In January 2019, new European Union standards were introduced that will require small petrol engines to conform to euro 5 emissions standards.
It’s also encouraging to see that the European Commission’s 2014 procurement directive urges public authorities to consider whole life-cycle costs, meaning the idea of ‘green procurement’ is beginning to take root in the public sector and is increasingly being adopted by private companies.
We applaud these changes. But we are impatient for more and better standards. To us, the outdoor power equipment sector still feels like it’s playing catch-up.
We want to drive change not because we must follow directives, but because it’s the right and responsible thing to do.
When it comes to creating a better environment, we want to be in the driving seat, not a passenger.