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A low emission car rental company, Green Motion International is considered publicly, and by industry experts, as amiable ambassadors in the movement towards a more sustainable future.

 
Recently, the company’s Leicester branch gained local attention after they offered support to a local primary school’s eco initiatives. Abbey Mead Primary Academy in Leicester began their commitment to sustainable practices last year by encouraging pupils to cycle to school and educate classes on the importance of recycling as well as activities in their new ‘Eco Warriors’ club.

After hearing of the local primary school’s new motivation to improve their eco status, the Leicester Green Motion branch donated £2,100 to cover the cost of new bike sheds and recycling facilities which is of great benefit to both the local community and the children’s understanding of global warming.

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The branch have expressed that they will continue to support the primary school after its financial investment through any guidance they require, and by offering agents as volunteers to supervise environmental initiatives, such as the school’s ‘Eco Warrior’ club.

Working towards a sustainable future

Green Motion takes its role as stewards of the environment extremely seriously, and the protection and care of the environment is a vital part of Green Motion’s core business model. Its efforts are reflected in the countless awards celebrating their work in combating climate change, including commendation from several official UK and international environmental bodies.

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As well as its ecological drive, the company has also committed themselves to social and community causes, such as the Winter Night Shelter, Alzheimer’s Society, cancer support charities and other fundraisers, like Comic Relief and the Australian Firefighters fund.

Whilst the climate crisis is a colossal mission, Green Motion’s fight against global warming has begun from the foundations of each and every rental station. Every location in the company’s vast network – spanning across 47 countries – is internally designed utilising renewable materials from ethical, environmental suppliers as well as using only recycled stationery in store.

A consideration each franchisee must make prior to joining the Green Motion network is how they can commit to essential rental station requirements, such as censored low energy lighting, recycling units, environmentally friendly cleaning and of course fleets inclusive of low emission vehicles.

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All staff are encouraged to adopt the core principles of the Green Motion ethos with many agents choosing to further their pledge from sustainable practice in office, to exchanging paid work hours to volunteer within their local communities.

Late last year, Green Motion UK proudly announced their carbon neutral status making them the only carbon neutral car rental company in the UK.

At the beginning of 2019, the UK franchise heads decided to extend the gift of reducing carbon emissions to their customers by committing to offset all journeys taken by their clients and also to do the same for all energy used within each of the 30 UK locations. The company is able to do this by donating the funds to cover the UK franchises carbon footprint, to the wind turbine projects in India and the re-forestation of the Amazon rainforest.

Green Motion is very rightly pleased with their ecological efforts, however, one UK branch in particular has surpassed the eco rental company’s expectations, driving the whole network towards even more intense environmental goals. Water-less car washing has recently been introduced at the Green Motion Edinburgh Waverley branch, which has reduced water use by 200 litres per vehicle washed.

In a generation of compliance, denial and concerning public reluctance to change, eco car rental company Green Motion is spearheading the way towards a sustainable future by caring for their local communities, as well as focusing on the bigger picture of global warming.

Whether you’re carpooling, abandoning your usual cycling commute in protest to the winter weather, or looking to hire a car for a trip away, be sure to opt for the car rental company that is socially and ecologically responsible – Green Motion.

By Leena Sidat

Source: Leicester Mercury

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