GoCar Tours has taken the first in a series of steps to reduce its impact on the environment by achieving CarbonNeutral® company status for our global operations. GoCar Tours engaged The CarbonNeutral Company, a world leading carbon offset and carbon management business, to measure the CO2 emissions of our vehicle operations, electricity use, business travel and employee commuting across all our operations in Barcelona, Lisbon, San Francisco, and San Diego. To reduce the emissions to net zero, GoCar purchased carbon credits, also known as carbon offsets, which means that every ton of CO2 produced is matched by an equivalent amount saved by a project elsewhere in the world.
GoCar selected a portfolio of projects both here in the USA and abroad to offset their footprint. They are:
- Callahuanca Hydro Power in Peru
- Raigarh waste heat-recovery project in India
- Garcia River Forest project in the State of California
GoCar Tours has a new vehicle that passed the EPA test for its vehicle class in November 2008. On March 3, 2009, GoCar received EPA certification for US importation. These vehicles shall be pressed into tour service in summer 2009. This engine represents a major step for small companies, such as GoCar, who want to lower emissions without using tax credits or subsidies.
This new vehicle will reduce GoCar’s carbon footprint significantly and therefore reduce the amount of carbon offset that they need to purchase to remain a CarbonNeutral ® company, saving money in the long run.
The CarbonNeutral® Brand Mark
CarbonNeutral® is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company and is the leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change. Permission to display the CarbonNeutral mark is only given to clients when CO2 emissions have been measured and reduced to net zero through a program implemented in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. This Protocol assures quality of offset projects, carbon footprint assessments and communication and is regularly reviewed by an independent advisory group. The audit trail includes an annual independent verification of CarbonNeutral programs, from contracts with carbon offset partners to contracts with clients, and everything in between.
The CarbonNeutral Company
The CarbonNeutral Company has two regional operating headquarters in New York and London, as well as offices in Singapore, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and a network of affiliates in Japan, Canada, France and the UAE. The CarbonNeutral Company is a founding member of The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), www.icroa.org, which provides leadership and a unified voice advocating for rigorous industry standards.