AGZA and NALP collaborate on a responsible transition to the use of zero-emission equipment in the landscape industry
FAIRFAX, Va., April 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) announced today that they will work together on an approach to the responsible transition from gas to zero-emissions equipment in the landscape industry.
Landscape contractors care for America’s green spaces that provide incredible environmental benefits, including oxygen production, carbon sequestration, energy savings, and stormwater runoff management. Adopting zero-emission equipment will only increase the environmental benefits of managed landscapes. However, the transition is not without challenges and cannot happen overnight.
“The industry is committed to transitioning to zero-emissions equipment within an achievable time frame,” said Britt Wood, CEO of NALP. “Unfortunately, it’s not just a switch to turn on and off, as landscape companies will need to invest in new, more expensive equipment and build the infrastructure to power the batteries needed for business operations.”
AGZA and NALP believe that the transition to zero-emission equipment will require:
- workforce development education and training,
- infrastructure support, including the ability to charge equipment within the community power grid and at contractor facilities and in vehicles,
- the knowledge and ability of equipment dealers to maintain equipment in a timely manner is in place,
- the availability of battery-powered landscape equipment without supply chain issues, and
- adequate funding through tax credits and reimbursement programs.
“The American Green Zone Alliance is neutral on regulation, bans and restrictions, but instead prefers a solutions-based approach that involves the carrot-versus-stick approach to helping the landscape industry transition to low-impact technologies,” said Daniel Mabe. President of the American Green Zone Alliance. “We believe this collaborative approach with the landscape industry is the fastest way to help us reduce emissions from outdoor electrical equipment.”
NALP and AGZA will work with federal, state and local policy makers to provide landscape industry companies with the resources and training needed to transition to battery-powered equipment.
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach, as different geographic regions of the country have different landscape equipment needs,” Wood said. “This transition will take time, and we look forward to working with AGZA, the landscape industry and policymakers on solutions that lead to widespread commercial use of zero-emissions equipment.”
The AGZA Alliance helps promote and facilitate low-impact operations and sustainable land care through peer-to-peer engagement, training and certification with the landscape maintenance industry. For more information, visit www.agza.net.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals represents an industry of approximately 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation and tree care experts who create and maintain green spaces for the benefit of society and the environment. environment. The association offers education, training, certification and industry advocacy programs. For more information, visit www.landscapeprofessionals.org.
SOURCE National Association of Landscape Professionals