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Go Greener. Drive Cleaner.

You can make a difference!  
In Summary: These days more people are doing their share for the environment by reducing waste and conserving energy. You can do your part by renting a fuel-efficient and eco-friendly Budget vehicle. Budget makes it easy to go green – and you’ll save on fuel costs while you help keep the planet clean!  

Fuel-Efficient Green Machines

Rent Smarter With a SmartWay CertifiedSMGreen Machine
 Smartway logoAbout half the vehicles in Budget's fleet have a fuel efficiency rating of 28 miles per gallon or better (highway). About one-third of the Avis Budget Group 2011 model year vehicles (approximately 100,000 vehicles) is rated at 30 miles per gallon (highway) or better. Virtually 100 percent of all vehicles in Avis and Budget car classes A (economy), B (compact) and C (intermediate) are U.S. EPA SmartWay Certified.

Each vehicle listed in the SmartWay Green Vehicle Guide receives an Air Pollution Score and a Greenhouse Gas Score, on a scale of 1-10. For the SmartWay designation, a vehicle must receive a 6 or better on both scores, and have a total score of at least 13. Vehicles that receive the SmartWay designation are very good environmental performers relative to other vehicles.

Hire a Hybrid
Budget offers gas/electric hybrid vehicles at limited locations for the best possible fuel efficiency.

Our Corporate Commitment

Check out our latest eco-friendly services and initiatives, all designed to make the world a
little greener!

Well-Maintained Fleet
Since our car fleet averages less than six months on the road, and our vehicles undergo regular preventive maintenance and emission inspections, Budget vehicles are more energy efficient than older or poorly-maintained vehicles, and that keeps fuel costs low!

In participating major U.S. cities, avoid idling your car and help reduce air pollution in cash payment toll lines by using e-Toll in automated toll collection lanes. Paying for tolls electronically reduces hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 40-63%, and reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides by 16%*. Available at select locations for an additional fee.
(*Source: Saka, A. and Agbob, D. (2002). Assessment of the Impact of Electronic Toll Collection on Mobile Emissions in the Baltimore Area.Morgan State University PDF).

GPS by Garmin®
Audible, step-by-step directions enable renters to avoid getting lost, while real-time traffic alerts steer drivers around traffic jams. The less time you spend looking for your destination or idling in traffic, the lower your fuel consumption and emissions! Available at select locations for an additional fee.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Your "carbon footprint" equals the amount of carbon emissions you leave behind each day after driving, heating and cooling your home, flying on an airplane, etc. A "carbon offset" means counter-balancing the carbon emissions from your energy-using activities by reducing an equal amount of your carbon use somewhere else. Now you can make your car rental "carbon neutral".

Smart Car Washes
All new Budget car wash systems recycle and reuse at least 80% of wastewater. Budget also recycles used motor oil, oil filters, parts and brake cleaner fluids at our corporate
maintenance facilities.

Green Driving Tips
Ready to go green whenever you rent from Budget or operate your personal vehicle? Check out this helpful list of green driving tips from carbonfund.org.

Our Overall Corporate Initiative (PDF)
Avis Budget Group, Inc., parent company of Budget, has launched an initiative to create a formal environmental management system (EMS) for certain major U.S. locations. This initiative will enable ABG to quantify the various environmental aspects of our business operations, and to manage these impacts, reducing our impact where and when necessary.

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