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Yellow machines will go green

Who'd have thought that a small tussle over some green legislation half the world away would have such a dramatic affect on the Middle East construction machine market?

Who'd have thought that a small tussle over some green legislation half the world away would have such a dramatic affect on the Middle East construction machine market?

That's exactly what has happened as environmentalists struggle to agree on certain emission limits, the plant hire companies - who make up the majority of equipment buyers - hold off ordering new equipment for major projects such as the London 2012 Olympic venue.

The knock-on effect is that they are holding on to their gear, which threatens the huge used machine market here in the Gulf.

Meanwhile, the same causes elsewhere around the globe suggest an enforced shift to cleaner fuels such as ultra-low sulfur diesel and compressed natural gas might be on the cards.

Countries neighboring the UAE have already begun converting commercial vehicles to use this gas.

The environment is being discussed again this month with the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Exactly how much of the agenda will affect as site managers and operators, only time will tell.

However, one thing is certain, Green issues are here to stay and we must adapt, or we will all lose our businesses.

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