Sodexo make the move towards a greener future

Global food services and facilities management company, Sodexo, has steadily increased its use of Husqvarna battery products in order to work towards a greener future for the company.

David Ramsay, Plant Manager at Sodexo Horticultural Services, shares his experience with battery products and explains how it’s positively impacting the work of the company.

Sodexo delivers a wide range of services and is committed to sourcing responsibly and providing services that reduce carbon emissions. Over the past five years the company has steadily increased the use of battery-powered products supplied by Husqvarna and now has a policy to use battery-powered products where possible.

David Ramsay has overseen the adoption of professional battery products and, after trials with several manufacturers, decided upon Husqvarna. Discussing Sodexo’s adoption of battery power products he explained: “Husqvarna battery products are playing a major role in helping us reduce the impact our services have on the environment by reducing the amount of petrol and diesel we use. The change towards battery-powered products has taken some time, but we are happy that we have been able to make the move.”

He continued: “The battery-powered products we are using are performing beyond what we were expecting - they are just as powerful as their petrol-fuelled equivalents. Each product is comfortable, lightweight and easy to use for our landscapers, which has increased staff productivity as they are able to use the products for longer periods.”

“Tools such as Husqvarna battery powered hedge trimmers are particularly popular with staff because of their light weight and flexibility. Using a hedge trimmer is often very taxing on the arms of the operator so it’s great for us to have a professional option which is lightweight and easy to use but is still packed with power.”

World leader in outdoor solutions, Husqvarna, ticked many boxes as a supplier for Sodexo. The company was adamant that whoever it partnered with was committed to battery-powered products long-term, to support it towards becoming a greener business.

Husqvarna’s battery-powered equipment means Sodexo’s grounds team are able to work without having to worry about harmful fumes, carbon emissions, and fuel consumption. Equipment provides comfortable working situations and low disturbance for others when compared to petrol-driven equivalents.

David added: “The use of battery products has changed the way our staff work. Many of our jobs are in locations such as office blocks, cemeteries, schools and housing estates with workers using blowers, hedge trimmers and brushcutters to complete tasks” said David.

“The low noise of battery in comparison to petrol means we no longer cause a disturbance to people in these areas, allowing us to work more quietly and efficiently without stoppages. This is of benefit to everyone as it means we can successfully complete jobs quicker, with minimal noise, in sensitive areas.”

One battery fits all with Husqvarna battery-powered products. Sodexo’s team can simply switch the same battery between grass trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws and hedge trimmers, increasing flexibility and variety when working. These operational aspects have been a favoured benefit as it allows landscapers to work more efficiently with plenty of variety.

Every Husqvarna product in its battery range is easy to use, lightweight and designed for comfort.

Naturally low vibration levels on battery machinery relieves stress, sparing workers’ arms and hands to enable comfort during long shifts and reduces the risk of injury.

David explained: “At Sodexo, safety is paramount. These battery-powered machines produce less vibration, meaning comfortable operation day-to-day for our teams. We’re very excited to be working with Husqvarna and by supplying its battery-powered products we’ve already seen positive results. We’re looking forward to what the future has to offer”.

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