Green Acres and STIHL launch emission reduction program

Green Acres has partnered with STIHL to launch a nationwide emissions reduction program by transitioning from gasoline-powered to battery-powered equipment.

Over the next three years, the partnership will see 181 Green Acres Lawn & Garden franchisees transition to STIHL battery-powered lawn and garden care equipment.

The program is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 80 metric tons across the group annually. That’s the equivalent of taking at least 25 Ford Rangers off the road every year for the next three years.

The partnership follows a comprehensive six-month trial conducted by Green Acres franchisees across the country to compare the power, performance, weight, handling, noise and comfort of several brands in different conditions.

This trial aims to evaluate the overall business performance of battery-powered equipment in a commercial environment to ensure it will improve the safety and efficiency of franchisees’ businesses while reducing carbon emissions.

In addition to reducing emissions, franchisees will save up to NZ$18,343 over the life of the battery (5 years) compared to petrol equipment, with a payback period of just 16 to 18 months.

The partnership highlights Green Acres’ commitment to sustainability and its determination to meet growing demand from customers who prioritize sustainability practices and reduce carbon emissions.

In a recent survey, more than 35% of Green Acres customers who responded confirmed that they are constantly monitoring and adapting their approach to transportation, energy consumption, food, packaging and recycling.

Regarding recent household changes, more than 57% of respondents actively monitor energy consumption. In comparison, 35% of respondents replaced home appliances with appliances with a higher energy star rating of 4 or better.

The partnership gives Green Acres franchisees access to STIHL’s nationwide support and service network and world-leading technology and research and development pipeline.

STIHL’s cordless range of battery-powered equipment provides environmentally friendly and efficient alternatives to traditional fossil fuel-powered options. It provides equivalent power and comfort with significantly lower carbon emissions and reduced noise for franchisees, customers and neighbors.

Green Acres franchisees can also reduce the environmental impact of used lithium-ion batteries due to STIHL’s National Battery Recycling Program, available free of charge to all STIHL customers.

Additionally, STIHL equipment helps promote a safer and healthier work environment for franchisees, as it is lighter and reduces weight by up to more than 40% for mowers and 30% for line trimmers. This gives operators easier and better control of their equipment, reducing fatigue, back problems and physical stress. Furthermore, battery-powered equipment eliminates the need to transport combustible fuel.

Green Acres has put together a comprehensive package covering equipment, green technology track, service, support and financing to make this nationwide program attractive to franchisees. In the long run, Green Acres says the shift is cost-effective for franchisees because they won’t have to pay as much for gasoline, maintenance or service.

Green Acres has also worked with ANZ to provide franchisees with access to an ANZ Business Green Loan to assist with the relocation. The loan allows eligible customers to borrow at a special variable interest rate, which can be used for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable land and water use, and the construction, renovation or purchase of green buildings and clean transportation.

“Green Acres is committed to making franchisees successful, enabling them to run their businesses efficiently and achieve financial independence,” says Jason Hill, Managing Director of Green Acres.

“Our partnership with STIHL demonstrates our commitment to continued innovation and sustainability, positioning our franchisees as industry leaders while making a collective environmental impact and supporting local communities.”

“With this program, we also hope to change the mindset that transitioning to a greener business model takes a lot of work. It is easier than you think, and companies can take action to drive sustainability at their own pace rather than waiting for regulatory changes.”

“Companies that do their part have the power to make big, lasting changes that contribute to a healthy environment and a sustainable future,” says Hill.

“The STIHL cordless range has reached a place where it is a highly advanced and reliable option for anyone in the lawn mowing industry,” says Brad Cathcart, Key Account Manager, STIHL.

“The battery-powered range features innovative, high-quality power equipment that not only delivers exceptional performance, but also contributes to a greener future, while maintenance costs are lower than petrol equipment.”

“Green Acres is known as a leader in the lawn and garden care industry, setting the standard for professionalism and excellence.”

“We believe this partnership will encourage more people to make the switch, so it aligns with our commitment to sustainability and allows us to make a tangible difference by reducing carbon emissions.”

“Together with Green Acres, we are empowering professionals and homeowners to embrace environmentally friendly alternatives while providing convenience and efficiency,” says Cathcart.

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