These days, the environmental-friendliness of your business can be just as important as your customer service. While there are plenty of factors that contribute to how “green” your business is, the type of forklift your business uses can have a significant impact on the environment. While certain types of fuel will produce more carbon dioxide emissions than others, it all depends on what your lift is used for. Here’s how to be a little greener when it comes to your forklift selection.

Choose the Right Fuel Type for Your Business

Different fuel types have different levels of emissions. However, not all fuel types are suitable for every business or material handling need. Some states, such as California, have requirements for certain types of emissions. Check your state guidelines before making a new forklift purchase to ensure you’re in compliance. In addition to gas-powered forklifts, the following forklift fuel types can reduce your carbon footprint.

Electric Forklifts
Electric forklifts are often the most environmentally friendly forklifts and can serve a variety of industries, but are most commonly used indoors. These can be the most environmentally friendly type of lift, especially if the electricity it uses comes from clean and renewable sources.

Propane Forklifts
Propane-powered forklifts are also considered a clean energy source as they release fewer emissions than diesel and gasoline. Propane forklifts can be used just like electric forklifts in well-ventilated areas.

Diesel Forklifts
Diesel forklifts provide a lot of power for demanding, outdoor environments that require a lot of heavy lifting. To make the most of your equipment, look for diesel forklifts with superior fuel-efficiency and advanced emission reduction technology.

What Else Can I Do to be Greener?

Aside from choosing a different fuel type for your lift, reducing unnecessary use of your forklift can also help your business be a little greener. Investing in high-quality products from the get-go will ensure parts, or even full forklifts, get replaced less frequently.

Regular maintenance of your forklift will also ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible. Small things, from proper battery maintenance, tire pressure, regular oil changes, and strategic use of forklifts across multiple shifts can help reduce the need for replacements and reduce your environmental impact.

If you’re looking for a forklift that can get the job done while helping your business or warehouse be a little greener, Naumann/Hobbs can help. Call us at (866) 266-2244 and our expert sales team can guide you towards the right, environmentally friendly forklift for all your material handling needs.