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Larry D. De Shon Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer

We are proud to give back to the community — and that includes implementing initiatives to improve the environmental profile of our fleet and reduce our consumption of natural resources.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., is respected as a leading provider of mobility services worldwide through its Avis, Budget, Zipcar, Payless and Apex brands. We are proud to give back to the community — and that includes implementing initiatives to improve the environmental profile of our fleet and reduce our consumption of natural resources. For example:

  • Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, is considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly transportation alternatives available. Zipcar eliminates the need for many households to own a car; in fact, studies found that each North American car-sharing vehicle takes approximately nine to 13 vehicles off the road.

  • In Europe and Asia, our corporate-owned operations are developing and completing initiatives to improve environmental performance, including:

    • Recycling office paper, cans and bottles. Toner cartridges and obsolete computer hardware are collected and recycled by a third party to minimize landfill contribution.

    • Our Business Support Centre in Budapest has been recognized by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and is Platinum certified, making it the greenest office building in Hungary.

  • Across North America, we recycle and reduce solid and liquid waste, including motor oil, oil filters, parts and brake fluids. At offices in Parsippany, NJ, and Virginia Beach, VA, employees recycle office paper, cans and bottles. Toner cartridges and obsolete computer hardware are collected and recycled by a third party to minimize landfill contribution.

    • We eliminated printed promotional material in cars and at rental counters in North America, saving 100 tons of paper and approximately 1,500 trees per year.
  • Our new car wash systems recycle and reuse at least 80 percent of their wastewater. In the United Kingdom, car wash systems recycle 75 percent of the water used.

  • We offer our customers a wide variety of environmentally friendly vehicles at locations around the world, including:

    • North America - Of the vehicles available in the model-year 2016 fleet, approximately 63 percent are rated 28 miles per gallon (highway) or better, and 40 percent received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay® or SmartWay Elite Certification.

    • The Netherlands - The 2016 fleet includes the Nissan Leaf, a 100 percent electric car.

    • Spain - More than half of the vehicles in the fleet are rated at sub-120 g/km in carbon dioxide emissions, making “green” vehicles available at almost every location.

We’re proud of our efforts to be kind to the environment and remain committed to further managing and reducing our environmental impact.