Car Hire Company Tackles CO2 Emissions

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The UK’s leading online car hire company has teamed up with The CarbonNeutral Company to offer customers the ability to offset the environmental impact of driving a hire car.

Travellers booking a hire car through will now be given the option to make their car Carbon Neutral by paying 25p per day to offset the CO2 emissions produced during the hire period. The offset scheme selected by Carrentals is a forestry scheme in Snowdonia – every tonne of CO2 produced by customers will be matched by sufficient forestry to soak up one tonne of CO2 as the forest grows to maturity.

The average rental car travels 90 miles a day and emits an average of 0.027 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day. Now customers can reduce this impact by selecting the number of days they will be driving and paying to compensate for the CO2 emissions produced.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of, said: “Car hire is a key element of travel, both in the UK and abroad, and as one of the major companies in this area we wanted to give our customers the ability to offset their CO2 emissions as a natural part of the booking.

“Every month we hear new figures on the damage being done to the environment. By paying a small amount car hire can be made Carbon Neutral and we expect a growing number of our customers to take up this option.”

The CarbonNeutral Company is one of the world’s leading climate change businesses, working with hundreds of businesses and thousands of individuals to help tackle CO2 emissions.

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Launched in February 2003 online car hire specialist offers low-cost car rental in over 4,000 destinations around the world and booked its 100,000th customer in August 2006.

Through agreements with major companies such as Hertz and Europcar, provides customers with high quality car hire at great value prices.

Designed to make booking car hire easy, the site offers a wide choice of vehicles all booked in three simple steps online. Bookings are confirmed by e-mail or by SMS direct to a mobile phone.

The site also features over 6,000 links to useful tourist information sites, plus over 2,700 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.

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About The CarbonNeutral Company

The CarbonNeutral Company is the world’s leading carbon offset and climate consulting business. We enable businesses and individuals to tackle their climate change impacts in a way which delivers value – commercial, environmental, personal.

The company works with over 200 B2B, B2C, NGO and government clients including BSkyB, Honda, Avis Europe, Barclays Bank, The World Conservation Union, Berkeley Homes, Ricoh and the Radio Taxis Group as well as celebrities and 50,000+ consumer clients.

CarbonNeutral® is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company (TCNC). It is the leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change. It means global warming emissions have been measured, reductions recommended, and the remaining emissions ‘offset’ in accordance with the CarbonNeutral protocol. This protocol assures quality of offset projects, and carbon footprint assessments. TCNC commissions an independent verification of CarbonNeutral programmes to further underpin their carbon promise.

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