Well known as a pro-active and leading player in environmentally responsible motoring, Volvo has now extended its role to include a unique scheme for its dealers. The Volvo Dealer Environmental Performance Declaration (DEPD) has been launched to enable dealership activities to be monitored and assessed for environmental impact.

The aim of the DEPD is to ensure that even higher environmental standards are delivered and overall performance is improved.

Staff are given environmental training and each dealership focuses on areas of the business such as energy use and efficiency, levels of emissions from the bodyshop, resources used during repairs and waste disposal. Objectives are set in these key areas, Volvo oversees the whole process and the results are then reported using the internationally recognised ISO14021 environment standard.

"Volvo has an excellent track record and reputation for providing the best quality environmental information for the prospective purchaser," says Roger Higman, Senior Campaigner, Transport Friends of the Earth.

In 1999, Volvo was the first car manufacturer to produce an independent environmental report for its products (the car itself and the manufacturing process) and, now, the DEPD will offer an independent audit of Volvo dealers.

The launch of the DEPD means that Volvo can now offer customers a complete environmental transparency for its products and services.

Published : 10/06/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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