RAC to go carbon neutral

Article date: 6 March 2007

RAC, one of the country’s most progressive motoringorganisations, is committing itself to reducing environmentalimpact by becoming carbon neutral.

As part of the global initiative launched by its parent company,Aviva – the international savings, investment and insurancegroup – RAC is focusing efforts on reducing its own energyconsumption and that of its members.

Its initiatives include:

  • Environmental programmes and procedures, including satellitenavigation and intelligent deployment systems that reduce fuelconsumption and patrol fleet congestion 
  • Rescue vehicles maintained to the highest standards to ensurebest fuel economy, and minimised toxic emissions
  • A repair before replacement policy adopted by RAC AutoWindscreens reduces the energy expended in the production ofautomotive glass
  • RAC-owned BSM’s driving instructors trained in greendriving techniques 
  • Green motoring advice provided directly to RAC members vianewsletters, websites and television advertising.

Tom Oxley, corporate social responsibility manager for RAC,said: “As a forward thinking motoring business, we are doingwhat we can to mitigate the effects of climate change, which meansreducing our own CO2 output and encouraging others to followsuit.

“Reducing energy consumption is one of three activities– along with sourcing emission-free electricity, which wealready buy and carbon offsetting projects – that RAC and ourparent company, Aviva, are actively pursuing in order to attain ourgoal of carbon neutrality.

“We are also keeping a keen eye on vehicle technology and lowemission fuel provision so we can integrate these into our serviceand fleet vehicles in the future.”

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RAC Press office contact:
Liz Kennett on 01603688263 / 07800 699667

Notes to editors:

About RAC
With around seven millionmembers, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoringorganizations, providing services for both private and businessmotorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair andreplacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks,legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travelinformation - RAC is able to meet motorists’ needs. RACincorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance andHPI.

Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC'spowerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leadingposition in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part ofAviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one inseven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 14%.

RAC’s news releases and a selection of images are availablefrom the internet press centre at www.racnews.co.uk.

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