Europcar, Europe’s leading car rental company, is once again pioneering in
the area of environmental awareness and protection. The company now
provides information about the CO2 emitted by the vehicle on its rental
invoices. The calculation is based on the vehicle type and model and the
A first in the car rental industry, this initiative is in keeping with
Europcar’s ‘Environmental Charter’ commitment of raising awareness about
the importance of taking the environment into account.
It also caters to an increasing trend among corporate customers – which
have made their own commitments in the area of corporate social
responsibility – to set specific environmental criteria for accrediting
Commenting on this latest initiative, Rafael Girona, Chief Operating
Officer of Europcar Group, said: “By providing this information on rental
invoices, we want to raise awareness among our customers and employees
about the environmental impact of their actions and help them to be
‘ecological citizens’. After the certification of our Environmental Charter
by Bureau Veritas in June 2008 and the creation of our carbon-offset
program, this latest measure further demonstrates Europcar’s commitment to
Europcar currently offers invoicing with the precise CO2 emissions data per
rental in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United
Kingdom and New Zealand. It will also soon be available in Australia.
Even before booking, customers can go online to assess the average Europcar
fleet CO2 emissions for each rental car.
They can also offset car rental emissions thanks to Europcar’s partnership
with leading global carbon offset provider ClimateCare.
Through these various initiatives, Europcar formalizes its commitment to
being a responsible corporate citizen. In reflection of its pioneering role
in the environmental field, Europcar was elected ‘The World’s Leading Green
Transport Solution Company’, at the World Travel Awards in December 2008.
Owned by the French investment company Eurazeo, Europcar is the European
leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. The company
serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle
East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Excluding franchise operations, in
2008 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 8,000
employees and an average fleet exceeding 225,000 vehicles. In September
2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces
in a strategic alliance to form the world’s largest car rental network,
with more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000 locations around the world.
UK-based ClimateCare is a leading global carbon offset provider, with
experts in London, Ankara, Mauritius, Nairobi, New York, Oxford, Santiago
and Sydney. ClimateCare has over 50 projects across the developing world,
funding low carbon technologies with social and environmental benefits.