Drivers urged to use green schemeIt funds projects to help offset carbon emmissions

23 August 2006

A new scheme called Targetneutral allows you to calculate your car’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and help to offset them with a payment.

Other schemes already help you to offset emissions from other forms of transport - flights, for example. This one is specifically designed to tackle car emissions and to raise public awareness. 

An average car, driven 10,000 miles in a year, generates about four tonnes of carbon dioxide. To neutralise this via the Targetneutral scheme costs about £20 a year. You pay according to the level of your own car's emissions, and the money funds projects that offset them, such as installing wind turbines in India to provide renewable energy.

It's a voluntary initiative backed by BP and administrated by a panel of experts. All money raised - less VAT and payment transaction costs - goes towards offsetting carbon.

It is widely accepted that greenhouse gases are contributing to increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. Cars are one of the worst offenders when it comes to carbon emissions — 22 per cent of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from road transport, according to government figures.

How the scheme works

Visit the Targetneutral site  to calculate your emissions based on the fuel economy of your car and the number of miles you drive each year.

The scheme is voluntary and any motorist can join. If you're registered and have a Nectar card, when you buy fuel at a BP station, BP will make an additional payment of up to 20p per transaction.