Peugeot is a brand synonymous with sound environmental policies and continually demonstrates this commitment throughout all elements of its business. Not only does Peugeot adhere to clean manufacturing processes and clean, economical engines, but it now aims to provide communities with yet another benefit - green dealers.

In a pioneering and industry leading initiative known as the Green Dealer Network, Peugeot will ultimately promote a UK-wide dealer network that actively demonstrates a commitment to environmentally friendly policies and operating a sound environmental management system.

In a programme that will encompass all elements of operating a ‘green dealership’, Peugeot has begun providing its network with clear guidelines on administering an appropriate waste disposal process.

"This is a Europe wide programme that aims to guide dealers and provide them with a thorough, easy understanding of what constitutes responsible environmental management," said Rod Philpot, parts and service director. "We will provide all the necessary training and all the tools required to meet Peugeot’s demanding environmental standards."

The Green Dealer Network is entirely voluntary but Peugeot ultimately aims to have all its UK dealers benefiting from the programme within the next few years. "We would like to have in the region of 200 dealers working within the programme by the end of 2004," continued Philpot.

The scheme offers a programme of web-based training and operational guidelines and will be supported by specialist consultancy EMTEC. In addition to the on-line training, EMTEC will also offer voluntary ‘on-site’ training to dealers.

A pilot scheme is already up and running with its focus set upon responsible waste disposal management. Dealerships are being instructed in how best to dispose of items such as waste oil and filters, scrap metal, packaging, plastics and tyres, while Peugeot also aims to establish a ‘one-stop’ supplier which can provide waste disposal services to the entire dealer network.

Published : 26/04/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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