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Renault’s Trafic Goes Green to Grow Green




Renault Australia is launching a Green Van Plan aimed at further reducing the environmental impact of its highly efficient diesel engines.

Renault’s “Go Green to Grow Green” plan is being activated in association with the long-established and highly regarded climate action organisation Greenfleet, and will offset the expected carbon emissions of all Bamboo Green Trafics during the first 7 years of their working lives.

Greenfleet will plant enough trees in native forests to absorb the carbon emissions of the Bamboo Green Trafic vans sold, based on the already impressively low official fuel consumption figure of 6.2-Litres per 100km, using an average of 30,000km travelled per van, per year.

This is equal to the maximum distance a Trafic should travel between service intervals, with one annual service being the most a Trafic owner should need.

Key to Renault’s Go Green to Grow Green plan is Greenfleet planting native forests that will offset emissions equating to 6-tonnes of CO2 per green Trafic per year, which has an in built over-allowance of 20% to reflect real-world fuel consumption.

Renault is also undertaking to ensure that Bamboo Green Trafic vans will be the most affordable models in the Trafic range to drive away.

“We are pleased to be able to provide buyers of Bamboo Green Renault Trafic vans with both a financial and ethical incentive to go green,” said Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia Managing Director.

“As a vehicle manufacturer Renault is very concerned about its impact on the environment, and has some class-leading technologies in its vans already aimed at reducing emissions. Besides being among the most fuel-efficient engines in their respective classes, most Renault vans also now feature an Eco Mode to help further reduce fuel consumption,” Mr Hocevar said.

“Vehicle emissions are significant contributors to urban air pollution. Vehicle manufacturers have a social responsibility to minimise the impact of their products on the environment, and this program provides visible evidence that Renault takes this responsibility seriously,” he said.

“We are confident there will be many customers keen to be a part of our Green Van Plan, and that green Renault Trafics will become even more popular sights on our roads,” said Lyndon Healey, Renault LCV Model Line Manager.

“And even if customers choose another colour Trafic they will be reducing overall emissions thanks to our efficient and frugal engines

“Many of our customers’ businesses have their own sustainability agenda. Buying a green Trafic tells their customers that they care enough to be seen to be taking some positive action to reduce their own environmental impact,” Lyndon said.

“This Green Van Plan is a way for Renault to provide our customers with value beyond the vehicles we sell.”

Renault offers the Trafic in a choice of single or twin turbo engines and standard (5.2m3) and long wheelbase (6.0m3) capacities and the ability to carry up to 1.2-tonnes of payload.

The Bamboo Green colour was introduced with the launch of the all-new Trafic in 2015, and has proven to be very popular to-date, especially with customers seeking an eye-catching mobile billboard for their business.

“Working with Greenfleet we will plant native trees to restore biodiverse Australian forests in order to provide the greatest possible environmental and conservation benefit,” Lyndon said.

In welcoming the Renault decision to offset the emission for the Bamboo
Green Renault Trafics, Wayne Wescott, Greenfleet CEO, said: “Our native forests take carbon from the atmosphere to restore and protect our climate, but they also do much more. Greenfleet plants a variety of native trees in permanent forests that help to reduce salinity and soil erosion, provide essential habitat for native wildlife, conserve biodiversity and provide much needed resilience in our precious landscape.

“By choosing to offset the emissions of the Green Trafics with Greenfleet, Renault
Australia is taking real climate action and demonstrating how simple it is to make a tangible difference to the environment.”

Greenfleet is Australia’s most trusted source of biodiverse carbon offsets. As an environmental not-for-profit organisation, Greenfleet’s mission is to protect the climate by restoring forests.

Since 1997, Greenfleet has planted more than 8.7 million native trees – restoring more than 425 native and biodiverse forests across Australia and New Zealand. Greenfleet services many of Australia’s top listed companies, and has thousands of individual supporters.

October 20, 2016 | Posted in: News

 

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