Article date: 11 September 2007
For the second consecutive year, RAC is once again celebrating as its named Breakdown/Recovery Company of the Year in the Greenfleet Awards 2007.
RAC beat off stiff competition from both public and private sector organisations, including Ontime Automotive and the Environmental Transport Association, to scoop the top award in recognition of its efforts in environmental best practices and innovations.
RAC impressed the judges with its company-wide investment in a number of global projects to off-set its carbon footprint, creating both environmental and social benefits:
- Biogas project in Sri Lanka, which involves replacing expensive and scarce wood with biogas generated from cow manure and water. The fermentation process releases gas which is stored and piped to homes providing a free, sustainable source of energy
- RAC's subsidiary, HPI, the original vehicle-checks specialist, providing the used car market with free eco-sheets, which highlight a vehicle's CO2 emissions
- Funding of a wind turbine project in India to help reduce the associated problems of air pollution and CO2 emissions from coal fired power stations
The judges were also impressed with RAC's Think Global, Act Local, an environmental policy launched four years ago, encouraging colleagues to participate in a number of local community activities - many with an environmental edge and directed by the local Community Steering Groups, each group with an environmental champion.
Last year, RAC won the award for environmental programmes and procedures for its fleet vehicles/patrols, including satellite navigation and intelligent deployment systems that reduce fuel consumption and patrol fleet congestion. Its rescue vehicles maintained highest standards to ensure best fuel economy, minimising toxic emissions, whilst RAC recycled its fleet's obsolete parts, for example batteries, and used certified sites to dispose of contaminated fuel and other oils.
RAC's managing director, Debbie Hewitt, said: "Our company-wide controls over energy management and our environmental policy have been in place for many years. This award reflects our on-going commitment to our environmental responsibilities, which are important to us and to our customers.
"We intend to continue strengthening our environmental credentials even further in the future."
RAC Press office contact:
Adam Cracknell on 01603 684 916/07800 699 517 or Sam Bramwell at Staniforth on 0161 919 8024/07738 196 667.
Notes to editors
- With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organizations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
- Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 15 %.
- RAC's news releases and a selection of images are available from the internet press centre at www.racnews.co.uk.