The emissions of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) that our fleet generates are mitigated through reforestation programs with the governmental office of FONAFIFO and with a private institution named "Neutralizando el Cambio Climatico" (Climate Change Friendly). Through these programs Europcar has, so far, helped reforest 33.4 ha (14,6 acres) in Las Juntas de Abangares, Guanacaste and has also planted 99 trees in a Heredia, at Finca Rafael Cortes.
We just launched a Reforestation Program, through which we invite our costumers to "Make your car rental GREEN". This program invites visitors to contribute with $0.75 USD for each day of rental for reforestation programs. All the funds collected will be handed in to FONAFIFO.
We use only biodegradable products in the vehicle cleaning process. These products are bought from FLOREX, a Costa Rican company, leader in Central America for their sustainable practices, producing and distributing only biodegradable chemical products. This company just inaugurated the first 100% environment-friendly production plant in Costa Rica.
Vehicles are washed in their majority with rain collected water.
Car batteries that have complied with their life cycle are delivered to a recycling center.
Tires are reutilized as drainage material in selected properties, where needed. The rest are delivered to a recycling center.
Our Liberia Station was built only with environment-friendly material.
We observe a paper reutilization program in our stations.
We observe a waste sorting program and invite our visitors and costumers to participate with clearly marked trash bins and instructions on how to sort waste.
Our staff and visitors are invited to use electricity in a responsible manner and to turn off lights and A/C when leaving our premises.
Costumers are informed of "better driving practices" through our Driving Tips which are available in our vehicles at time of rental, as well as in our newsletters.
Our fleet is maintained in optimum conditions with the utmost quality standards.
As part of an integrated sustainability program, we make our costumers and staff aware of the following programs: Law against child exploitation, Law against sexual harassment, Organic Law for the environment and the Law against illegal substances, among others.