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    Carbon Neutral FAQs

    On 01 September 2009, Avis Rent a Car in South Africa has achieved CarbonNeutral® certification, by offsetting its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for all of its internal electricity and fuel consumption to net zero. Following decades of an already strong heritage of CSR initiatives, transformation and investment, the Avis Cares program has been extended to join the international drive in tackling Global Warming and other world sustainability challenges, thereby conserving our planet for future generations.

    The Avis Carbon Neutral program in broad terms, ensures that we measure our own business carbon footprint, set targets to reduce it and offset our emissions to net zero - in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the global standard for CarbonNeutral® certification. Our footprint is measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and our carbon offset programme is managed by The CarbonNeutral Company, which is a member of the International Carbon Offset and Reduction Alliance (ICROA)

    The information provided below, explains why and how Avis SA has approached and embraced Carbon Neutrality and the journey which it has set itself on as a result of this decision.

    Avis' commitment is for the long term and carbon management is a key part of its business strategy. We've taken action because we believe it is the right thing to do and will continue to develop ways to minimise our impact on the environment, to help protect our planet for future generations.

    Keep the World Smiling

    Emissions reporting according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol

    Avis current Carbon Neutral Status

    The Avis Carbon Neutral process has been based on the international standard Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative (GHG protocol), which is the most important standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions, developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The GHG protocol consists of two accounting standards explaining how to calculate and report GHG emissions. The GHG protocol focuses its carbon inventory and reporting on three main scopes of direct and indirect emissions. The reporting considers the following greenhouse gases, all converted into CO2 equivalents: CO2, CH4 (methane), N2O (Nitrous Oxide), SF6, HFCs and PFCs.

    NOTE: The Avis Carbon Neutral program currently only off-sets its own internal carbon emissions in line with Scope 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol and as such, does not off-set emissions for customers when renting Avis vehicles - which falls into Scope 3. In order to be certified as CarbonNeutral® , Avis South Africa has followed the requirement in The CarbonNeutral Protocol to measure its emissions consistently with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. Within the GHG Protocol an operational control approach for operating leases states that emissions from leased assets where there is no operational control, such as vehicles, are categorised as Scope 3. Avis does not have operational control of the cars, therefore the emissions from fuel use while Avis customers are driving the rented vehicles have been categorised as scope 3 emissions for Avis.

    Avis is however, addressing areas of providing MIS to customers who require knowledge of the rental CO2 emissions and how to include these into their own off-set and reduction programs.

    Global Warming

    Key figures emissions: Avis Rent a Car - South Africa. From 01 October 2008 to 30 Sep 2009
    Category Consumption emissions percentage
    Petrol

    2,839,341 litres

    7070 tonnes C02

    59%

    Diesel

    124,552litres

    345 tonnes C02

    3%

    Sum Scope 1

    7415 tonnes C02

    62%

    Electricity Usage

    3,746,411 kWh

    4496 tonnes C02

    38%

    Sum Scope 2

    4496 tonnes C02

    38%

    Sum Scope 1 & 2

    11 911 tonnes C02

    100%

    As audited by Deloitte and approved by The CarbonNeutral Company

    Key figures emissions: Avis Rent a Car - South Africa. From 01 October 2009 to 30 Sep 2010
    Category Consumption emissions percentage
    Petrol

    2,484,415 litres

    6176 tonnes C02

    57%

    Diesel

    113,625 litres

    315 tonnes C02

    3%

    Sum Scope 1

    6491 tonnes C02

    60%

    Electricity Usage

    3,619,705 kWh

    4344 tonnes C02

    40%

    Sum Scope 2

    4344 tonnes C02

    40%

    Sum Scope 1 & 2

    10 835 tonnes C02

    100%

    As audited by Deloitte and approved by The CarbonNeutral Company

    Key figures emissions: Avis Rent a Car - South Africa. From 01 October 2010 to 30 Sep 2011
    Category Consumption emissions percentage
    Petrol

    2,409,115 litres

    5782 tonnes C02

    58%

    Diesel

    928,808 litres

    338 tonnes C02

    3%

    Sum Scope 1

    6120 tonnes C02

    61%

    Electricity Usage

    3,773,744 kWh

    3925 tonnes C02

    39%

    Sum Scope 2

    3925 tonnes C02

    39%

    Sum Scope 1 & 2

    10 045 tonnes C02

    100%

    As audited by Deloitte and approved by The CarbonNeutral Company

    Avis SA voluntarily off-set 11,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions related to its own business emissions, for the above financial year.

    Global Fossil Carbon Emissions

    The average temperature of the earth's surface and oceans have
    varied less than one degree Celsius since the dawn of civilization,
    but are projected to rise by two to four degrees over the NEXT century. The prime cause of this global warming is the build up of 'greenhouse gases' (GHG) which trap heat in the atmosphere.

     Read more on Global Warming

    Worldwide Carbon Reduction Targets

    World scientific consensus requires that Carbon emissions need to reduce by 80% by the year 2050 and by ½ within the next 15 years.

     


    Read more and see extrapolated graphs of reduction requirements

     

    Global Fossil Carbon Emissions

    Worldwide Carbon Reduction Targets

    Use of Emission Credits to achieve Carbon Neutrality

    Climate NeutralityCarbon neutrality means off-setting the greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) emitted from your activities by reducing an equivalent amount of emissions someplace else. In order to become a carbon neutral company, Avis has also developed a climate strategic plan which includes: (a) our carbon footprint calculation, (b) a plan to physically reduce own emissions and (c) communication both internally and externally. We also understand the importance of evaluation and the need to repeat this going forward, with the aim of measuring any improvements on a "per business unit" (rental) basis, to ensure that our internal reduction efforts are working.

    Use of Carbon Credits as a tool to Offset Carbon Emissions

    Carbon credits deliver essential carbon finance to renewable energy, clean technology and resource conservation projects around the world in order to replace fossil fuel power and reduce the release of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. In order to ensure quality of carbon credits, these projects are validated and verified by independent third parties to global standards such as the Verified Carbon Standards (VCS).

    Buying one tonne of cabon credits means there will be one less tonne of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there would otherwise have been. Avis South Africa has offset the carbon emissions from its fleet and energy usage by purchasing 11,000 tonnes of carbon credits.

    The Avis Carbon Neutral Journey

    Avis Carbon Neutral JourneyThe journey began when the Executive team at Avis made a conscious decision at the end of the 2008 financial year (Sept 2008), to measure its carbon footprint for the period October 2007 to September 2008 - in line with the Barloworld drive to join the global drive to reduce carbon emissions.

    Throughout the 2008/9 financial year, Avis South Africa refined its CO2 emissions measurement processes. During mid 2009, the company engaged with various Carbon Emission expert service providers, in order to appoint an organisation with whom it would partner to ensure it's own business CO2 emissions off-set program was managed in accordance with the international carbon emission reduction and offset standards. In August 2009, Avis selected The CarbonNeutral Company as its partner and carbon emission offset management company. On Spring Day - 01 September 2009, following a process of auditing and assurance of its 9968 tonnes CO2 emissions for the 2009 financial year, the agreement and commitment with The CarbonNeutral Company was signed Avis officially became CarbonNeutral® certified in line with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, used by companies in 32 countries to certify CarbonNeutrality® .

    This means that each tonne of CO2 that Avis emits from its energy usage and fleet, is counter balanced with a tonne of CO2 saved by a validated emission reduction project that has met international standards.

    The Avis Carbon Offset Projects

    Avis has selected a portfolio of projects in which its carbon emissions volumes will be off-set. In its consideration for choice of projects, Avis realises the need to assist in clean energy generation and conversion projects in the East and Asian continents, which have the highest growth in energy consumption, combined with a lower focus on environmental issues. Global warming is a global issue, so investment in these parts of the world have the same effect as investing in carbon off-set projects closer to home. Naturally, we would like to invest in South African accredited projects, none of which are in place as yet but will receive our support and form part of our portfolio, once these come on stream.

    Avis have since added The Uchindle and Mapanda Forestry Project in Tanzania to their portfolio of projects in an effort to show our commitment to supporting local or African off-set projects. This project involves the reforestation of degraded land in Tanzania to sequester carbon emissions from the atmosphere. The emissions reductions have been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

    Current Projects:

    Tieleng Coal Mine ProjectBasa Magogo “Light it up” Improved Cooking Method, South Africa

    The first Gold Standard project of its kind in the world, this innovative behaviour-change programme teaches local communities in South Africa to burn coal differently in order to be more fuel efficient, thereby reducing carbon emissions. The technique, called Basa Magogo, means ‘Light it up! Grandmother’ In Zulu.

     

     

    Basa Magogo ProjectTieling Coal Mine Methane Capture, China

    Located across six coal mines in the Northeastern province of Liaoning in China, this project prevents the potent greenhouse gas, methane, from being released into the atmosphere.

     

     

    Previous Projects

    Hufu Waste Heat Recovery Project

    Hufu Waste Heat Recovery Project

    This project involves constructing two turbine generators to recover waste heat and produce clean electricity at a cement manufacturing plant in the Eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. The total emissions reduced are estimated at 40,000 tCO2 equivalent, verified to the Verified Carbon Standard.

    Govindapuram Wind Power Project

    Govindapuram Wind Power Project

    Located in the Tirunelveli and Erode districts of the state of Tamil Nadu in India, this project has a total installed capacity of 5.8 MW. This project enables the installation of four wind turbine generators to produce clean electricity. The total emissions reductions are estimated to be 23,000 tCO2 equivalent, verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

    Uchindile and Mapanda Forestry Project

    Uchindile and Mapanda Forestry Project

    This project involves the reforestation of degraded land in Tanzania to sequester carbon emissions from the atmosphere.The emissions reductions have been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

     

    Renewable Energy Project

    Renewable Energy Project

    This project involves the generation of renewable energy through the installation of wind turbines in the state of Maharashtra, India.

     

    Solar Lighting Project

    Solar Lighting Project

    Carbon finance is helping communities to withdraw the traditional energy source kerosene and replace it with ‘clean’ solar energy from solar panels installed on roofs which can supply lighting and energy.

     

    Methane Capture Project

    Methane Capture Project

    This project captures coal mine methane (CMM) and uses it as an energy source to supply gas to homes and local industry. Naturally Avis’ desire would be to support local or African clean energy initiatives but there are none in place (at this stage) which have received verified accreditation as per the international carbon offset protocol.

    Avis an Environmentally Focused Organisation

    Avis takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. We are committed to measuring the impact that our business has on the environment and taking steps to improve the situation.

    Since mid 1970s Avis took up the challenge to make a difference in wildlife conservation matters and supported organisations such as the WWF, Wilderness Leadership School, SANParks and the Peace Parks Foundation, amongst other initiatives to assist with conserving our wildlife heritage for future generations. Read more

    In 2006 Avis planned to upgrade its vehicle preparation yards and depots around the country (2007 to 2009) and set out to introduce modern car wash facilities which minimised water usage and in addition, installed water recycling plants, which save our planet 95 million litres of water per annum. Read more

    Avis an Environmentally Focused Organisation

    Go Green with Avis

    In 2007 and 2008, Avis was the first car rental company in South Africa to introduce Hybrid Vehicle technology vehicles (Toyota Prius) onto its fleet, to test the viability and application of such vehicles in the car rental market.

    In 2008 Avis' commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility issue gains such momentum, that the Executive teams appointed Jessica Branco as it's full time Sustainability Manager.

    Toyota Prius

    Avis Cape Town depot now water neutral

    Following the first week of winter rains in Cape Town and some additional tweaking of our new water recycling system, our facility at Cape Town International Airport is now 100% water neutral.

    As one can imagine, car rental operators use a lot of water to prepare and wash their vehicles for rental.

    Energy reduction at Avis saves thousands

    Avis has appointed energy management company, Energy Cybernetics, to accurately measure its energy usage.

    It’s not easy to establish what areas of your business are using the most energy without implementing an effective measurement and verification system. That’s why Avis appointed energy management company, Energy Cybernetics, to accurately measure its energy usage.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    NaturalThe subject of Carbon Neutrality attracts a number of questions on the topic, many of which are answered here.

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    How to reduce your own carbon footprint

    We have put together some tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint, this will not only help save the environment, makes good business sense and long term potentially could save you money.

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    Avis Europe

    What is Avis Europe doing to offset it's carbon footprint.

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    Environmental Driving Code

    The way you drive your car can reduce the amount of C02 you emit and help to reduce your impact on global warming.

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