Paris, June 19, 2008 Europcar International, the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rental, today announced that it has received certification for its Green Charter, which formalizes its commitments in favor of sustainable development. It is the first such certification for a company in Europe by Bureau Veritas Certification in the fields of quality, safety, health, the environment and social responsibility.
We have been offering green cars for over 10 years and we play a pioneering role in our industry, pointed out Salvatore Catania, Chief Executive Officer of Europcar Groupe. As the European leader, we have decided to go even further by taking a systematic approach to sustainable development and by measuring the effectiveness of our initiatives in a transparent manner. The development and certification of our Charter are part of this innovative approach.
Developed in 2007 in association with Europcars major partners and customers, the Green Charter consists of commitments in four main areas:
– A green fleet: 99.6% of Europcars vehicles are certified Euro IV (the most recent, applicable European Union emissions standards for vehicles) and, whenever possible, Euro V (the next-generation standard). The average age of cars in Europcars fleet is four months, versus eight years for the average car driven on European roads.
– Fleet maintenance: Europcar is committed to instituting programs to collect and recycle materials, including waste, oil-based fluids, and the water used at all of its car wash facilities.
– Internal processes related primarily to fleet purchasing, headquarters administration, local stations and maintenance centers in Europe, as well as to Europcars approach to the safety and well-being of its customers, employees and partners.
– Initiatives to raise awareness among customers: Europcar recently launched a carbon-offset program for customers who want to compensate for their CO2 emissions. The company also provides vehicles average CO2 emissions in car descriptions so customers can make greener rental decisions.
Bureau Veritas Certification will certify that Europcar Internationals Green Charter respects all of the commitments set.
Europcar took its first measures in favor of the environment 10 years ago with the opening of an environmental station in Paris. It was notably the first car rental company in Europe to offer hybrid and electric cars, and it regularly introduces new, cleaner-energy models into its fleet. In France, Europcar has won the Oxygen Awards twice for its environmental efforts. The company is currently implementing an electronic rental contract system which substantially reduces paper consumption.
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Owned by the French private equity firm Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. Since March 2007 with the acquisition of Vanguard EMEA (National & Alamo brands), its network comprises over 5,300 rental outlets in 160 countries. Europcar serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Excluding franchise operations, in 2007 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 7,700 employees and a fleet exceeding 215,000 vehicles.
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