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Avis and the Environment

Avis and the Environment

Avis and the Environment

At Avis, we are committed to make the world greener.

Avis was the first car rental company to launch a Corporate Social Responsibility Policy in 1997, and for more than a decade we have been committed to doing our bit for the environment by measuring and taking action against our CO2 emissions.

Today we maintain a CarbonNeutral® operations certification, and aim to offset 12,661 metric tonnes of CO2, bringing the total emissions offset since 1997 to 198,578 metric tonnes.

Certified Carbon Neutral Operations

Visit our Avis Greener World website and find out more about our commitment, our initiatives and the projects we support to make the world a little greener.

Take a look at our guide to Comparing Transport Costs and Pollution.


CarbonNeutral® rentals - offset your CO2 emissions

Avis was the first car rental company in the world to offer CarbonNeutral® driving to all its customers.

For just £1, you can offset the CO2 emissions from your rental and limit the impact you make on the environment.

Click here to make your pledge, or speak to a member of our station staff who will be delighted to help you.


New Era for Low CO2

2013 marks the start of a new era for the Avis UK fleet as we continue to reduce our CO2 emission figures. As from the turn of the year Avis UK has an average fleet age of only 5 months, with average CO2 emissions across all our car groups at a new low of just 119g/Km. The reliability of our cars is greater and so is the safety too.

Take a look at our fleet and see for yourself.

Avis Eco Collection in the UK

In response to frequent customer requests for low emission vehicles, we launched the Avis Eco Collection on the 1st December 2009, a new group of vehicles with CO2 emissions lower than 120g/km.

Today, we are now able to guarantee our customers receive a fuel efficient hybrid vehicle every time they rent from the collection.

Learn more about the Avis Eco Collection and book your next rental from the collection today!

Eco : Hybrid Automatic - Group J (example of this range: Peugeot 508 Hybrid Auto)
Rent a Peugeot 508 Hybrid Automatic

Driver requirements:

  • Age Requirement: 25
  • Driving licence held for at least 36 months
  • Credit Cards: 1 credit card needed
  • Excess on this car group: £1000
Automatic Car - Group J Automatic 5 Seats - Group J 5 seats 3 Bags - Group J 3 bags 4 Doors - Group J 4 doors
* Please note that specifications shown are a representative example but are not guaranteed.

Our Achievements So Far

Since 1997, Avis have offset 185,917 tons of CO2 emissions to become a CarbonNeutral® operational.

That is equivalent to:
  • The average greenhouse gas emission produced by 31,800 cars a year
  • The average amount of electricity per year used in 20,222 homes
  • Equivalent of the CO2 emissions from 525,652 households’ food waste in the EU each year
  • 48,694 return flights between London Heathrow airport and Melbourne, Australia
  • 16,247,454 return trips between London and Paris on the Eurostar
  • The carbon footprint of making nearly 900,000 laptops
  • A year of 1,323,866 people sending emails
  • Enough to offset emissions from global text messages for 5.5 years
  • Enough to fill 1,070,490 double decker Buses
  • Equivalent volume of enough gas to fill 178,772 hot air balloons

* Figures provided by The CarbonNeutral Company

Environmental Projects

Avis EMEA is involved in a number of worldwide environmental projects such as the development of renewable energy, methane capture schemes and tree planting.

In 2013, the company will be helping to fund a wind turbine development in India, a hydroelectic power project in China, and a geothermal power project in Indonesia.

In 2009 we were able to work in partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company on a number of exciting initiatives, which included:
  • Renewable Energy Projects, including an initiative in the Sichuan Province in South West China, where we supported the construction of hydro power capacity to displace fossil fuels


  • Methane Capture Projects, such as the collection of methane from animal waste at three farms in Germany, where special equipment uses captured methane to generate both electricity and heat


  • Forestry Projects, amongst them a program in Mynydd-Y-Garnedd, Wales, which combines natural regeneration and new planting to create diverse woodland in the heart of Snowdonia


  • Clean Technology Projects, including a biomass co-generation power plant in the Indian state of Maharashtra, switching the energy supply at manufacturing plant to a renewable source


With your help, we hope to work on more great projects in the future, offsetting any unavoidable emissions and trying harder for the environment. If you would like to offset the emissions from your next rental purchase, please speak to a member of our station staff who will be delighted to help you.

Carbon Neutral Operations

Avis is committed to reducing the impact our business has on the environment and we have been awarded CarbonNeutral® operational status since 2000.

This was achieved through measuring and reducing our CO2 emissions to net zero through a combination of internal and external reduction initiatives.

For every one tonne of unavoidable CO2 we produce, we pay for one tonne to be saved by a validated emission reduction project that has met international standards.

"Avis is one of our longest standing and most valued partners and we have managed to work on some fantastic projects together during the last 12 years. Avis’ current offset matching scheme here in the UK and the launch of the Avis Eco Collection only goes to further underline its commitment to working collaboratively to help protect our climate."

Jonathan Shopley,
Managing Director of The CarbonNeutral

Eco Driving Tips

We are serious about our responsibility to educate and empower our staff and customers to drive more efficiently, and we are passionate about helping them to save fuel and reduce their emissions.

With fuel consumption varying by up to 45% on the same route depending on how you drive, becoming a savvy driver is a fantastic way to save money on fuel and reduce your personal carbon footprint.

Good for you, good for the environment.

Download our illustrated top 10 Eco Driving Tips

We also work in partnership with the government backed ‘Act on CO2’ campaign, which shows how by driving smarter you can save money and fuel as well as reduce your CO2 emissions.

Download the Top 10 Eco Driving Tips

Long term commitment

Our commitment is for the long-term and carbon management is a key part of our business strategy. We are looking to drive the environmental agenda forward in the car rental industry and make being green easier for our customers and employees. 

When it comes to the environment, as in every area of our business, We Try Harder.
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