Details of the first projects - in Tajikistan and China - of Land Rover's CO2 Offset Programme were announced today in Geneva. The company calls their carbon offset initiative "the largest and most comprehensive programme of its kind ever undertaken by an automotive manufacturer and offsets emissions generated by Land Rover production operations in Britain and the first 45,000 miles vehicle use by UK customers." We already knew that. Now we know how; through hydro-electric power in Tajikstan and a wind farm in China. Other countries in Land Rover's potential "To Do" list include: Uganda, India, Turkey and the Dominican Republic. Land Rover is also working on hybrid powertrains.
The Tajikistan project is near the city of Khorog and will supply schools, the local hospital and homes with a reliable energy supply. In China, 250 km north of Beijing, Land Rover is helping with the Wind Energy Hebei Province.
More details after the break.
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LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES FIRST PROJECTS IN ITS CO2 OFFSET PROGRAMME
Geneva, 6 March 2007 – Land Rover today announced the first projects in its industry leading CO2 Offset Programme, which enables both Land Rover and its customers to reduce greenhouse gases.
It is the largest and most comprehensive programme of its kind ever undertaken by an automotive manufacturer and offsets emissions generated by Land Rover production operations in Britain and the first 45,000 miles vehicle use by UK customers.
The ultimate goal is CO2 neutrality with investments being made in renewable energy projects such as wind and solar, technology change and energy efficiency.
The first projects will include providing hydro-electric power to a remote area of Tajikistan and funding a wind farm in China. Together these projects will offset 150,000 tonnes of CO2 a year and bring social and environmental benefits to thousands of people. In addition, we are evaluating projects in Uganda, India, Turkey and the Dominican Republic. Details of these projects will be available once they are confirmed.
Phil Popham, Land Rover's Managing Director, said, "We're taking an integrated approach to help reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. We've cut emissions from our vehicles and are working on technologies, like hybrids, that will make even bigger reductions. These offset schemes will make a difference now and will be of real benefit to communities, the environment and wildlife."
Tajikistan – Installation of two hydro electricity generators supplied by naturally formed lake.
After the Soviet era diesel supplies to the region became intermittent. For the past 15 years residents of the city of Khorog have suffered intermittent power supplies. This project brings a reliable source of power and light to the region. Customers in the city are now able to keep warm and cook without wood fuel for the first time in many years during which 70% of the region's trees have been cut for firewood. In addition schools and the local hospital will have a reliable energy supply. This project will offset 50,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
China – Wind Energy Hebei Province (250 km north of Beijing)
China is reputed to be commissioning a new coal fired power station every five days as the economy expands. Hebei province is one of the windiest in China and the project offsets nearly 100,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Land Rover's Carbon Dioxide Offset Programme
The CO2 Offset Programme has been established specifically for Land Rover and supports a multi-billion euro investment by Ford Motor Company across its European operations to develop environmental technologies. Land Rover engineers are at the forefront of that development work.
The CO2 Offset Programme is run by Climate Care and overseen by an independent Board of Governance. Other offset schemes will be announced in due course.
Customers of all new Land Rover vehicles sold in the UK pay to offset the CO2 emissions produced by their vehicle, calculated on the certified CO2 emissions level for each Land Rover model up to 45,000 miles, typically three years use. The cost is from £85 to £165 depending on model.
New Land Rover vehicles all have lower emissions than predecessors in their model range. The all-new Freelander 2, for instance, has 11% less CO2 emissions in petrol form and the diesel version emits 5% less than the outgoing Freelander. The combined fuel cycle for Freelander 2 TD4 manual is 37.7 mpg (7.51 l/100km).
The new Range Rover TDV8 has performance figures to match the V8 petrol model but has 32% better fuel economy. Emissions from Solihull have been cut by 30% since 1997. The overall UK fleet average for Land Rover is 32 mpg (8.8 l/100km).