Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 - Europcar

Europcar is continuing to raise the benchmark on environmental responsibility in the Australian car rental industry, by signing a new agreement with Greenfleet.

As one of Australia’s leading companies and one of the world’s largest vehicle rental companies, Europcar acutely recognises the importance of reducing its carbon emissions.

Europcar has had a long-standing relationship with Greenfleet, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the community reduce environmental impacts. The new agreement promises that Europcar Australia will offset the carbon emissions of every company provided staff vehicle (based on mileage) until the end of 2016, adding to the existing offset programme targeted at customer rentals.

Europcar Australia launched its carbon emissions reduction program in December 2006. Globally recognised as the environmental leader in the car hire industry, Europcar enables customers to offset carbon emissions with every rental.

The Managing Director of Europcar Australia and New Zealand, Mr Ron Santiago, is excited by the company’s most recent pledge towards environmental protection.

“Europcar is now participating in the Greenfleet programme for its fifth year and we have seen over 115,000 trees planted with the fundamental aim of recapturing emissions created as a direct result of vehicle rental.

“As a company, it is important to us that we validate our dedication to the environment and with over 700 employees in Australia, offsetting vehicle emissions is just another positive way we can help,” Mr Santiago said.

Greenfleet works to reduce the environmental impact of Australian organisations and individuals by planting native forests that soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, among other activities. The forests planted by Greenfleet feature a wide variety of Australian trees that also help to reduce soil erosion and salinity, improve water quality and provide habitat for native animals.

Staff from Europcar’s Melbourne office experienced first-hand the positive impact their efforts have on the environment by visiting one of the forests for a ‘Staff Tree Planting Day’. On Friday 16 September, enthusiastic staff planted over 700 native seedlings at Greenfleet’s Mount Rothwell revegetation site, located on the edge of Victoria’s You Yangs Regional Park.

Alto Hotel in Melbourne, Australia’s first carbon neutral hotel, supported the staff initiative by generously providing accommodation for one of Europcar’s Perth employees, Jamie Moore.

Jamie has set a new benchmark at Europcar by introducing 60% of her customers to Europcar’s partnership with Greenfleet, more than any other member of staff in Australia. Jamie has encouraged Europcar customers to offset their carbon emissions for just $3 each time they hire a car from Europcar.

In addition to offsetting staff and company vehicle emissions, Europcar has established a ‘Green Committee’. Comprising passionate staff, the committee will review and update Europcar’s Environmental and Sustainability Policy; develop and implement new business initiatives that reduce the company’s impact on the environment; engage and educate staff on environmental issues and how we can reduce our carbon footprint.

Europcar is dedicated to improving its products, procedures and technology to ensure the best car rental experience.

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Europcar International is one of the world's largest vehicle rental companies and the #1 car rental company in Europe. Its global network spans 3000 locations in 150 countries covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, North and Central America, Mexico, Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.

Europcar is one of the most popular providers of car rental services in Australia and New Zealand, operating a large fleet of quality vehicles across a network of over 121 locations in Australia and 23 locations in New Zealand.

For more information visit Europcar Australia’s eco friendly car hire pages:
http://www.europcar.com.au/EBE/module/render/carbon-footprint-reduction
http://www.europcar.com.au/EBE/module/render/carbon-offset
Alexandra Cato
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M: 0416 022 818
W: www.europcar.com.au/

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