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Business Welcomes Fuel Efficiency Website

GreenFleet media release

11 May 2006

Business Welcomes Fuel Efficiency Website

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) is praising the launch of a new website, www.fuelsaver.co.nz, that helps businesses and individuals cut down the impact of petrol and diesel price rises.

The Land Transport New Zealand website not only provides information on fuel economy of the make and model of their vehicle, but it allows users to compare that economy depending on how they use their car.

“SBN sees this website as vital in raising awareness of how driver behaviour affects vehicle fuel efficiency and fuel costs,” says Mark Roberts, manager of the SBN’s sustainable transport programme, GreenFleet.

“The keys to improving fuel efficiency are selecting the correct vehicle for the job and changing driver behaviour. By allowing drivers to see the impact of their driving habits on fuel economy, this website will help them purchase the right vehicle for the job and will encourage drivers to drive for economy.”

The website highlights that as well as choosing a fuel efficient vehicle, drivers can take a range of measures to reduce fuel costs. Simple habits such as checking tyre pressure, using a smooth driving style and eliminating short car trips can improve fuel economy by up to 20 percent.

”Businesses and individuals need the right information to make their vehicle purchases and driving habits more sustainable,” says Mark.

”In the future we hope www.fuelsaver.co.nz will also give information about vehicle emissions and vehicle end of life information. This would allow purchasers to consider air pollutants such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates as well as recyclability.”

The SBN promotes sustainable practice in New Zealand and supports businesses on the path to becoming sustainable. We link businesses with NGO’s, Government and others and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences equipping our members for success. The SBN operates GreenFleet, an initiative in sustainable transport that helps businesses run their fleets efficiently and offset the carbon emission of their fleets through tree planting.

ENDS

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