In fact, we’re wrong. True, all these sectors are potential polluters, but most are all working harder than ever at cutting their emissions and minimising damage to the planet. Vast amounts of money are being spent on refining old technologies and introducing completely new ones.
The car industry in particular is at the cutting edge of change. A decade ago, virtually no-one had heard of hybrid vehicles – now they are becoming commonplace. Honda’s recently launched new Insight model, for example, uses a combination of a petrol engine and a battery to dramatically improve fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.
Honda’s commitment to improving the environment is long standing. It has teamed up with do-it.org.uk – a site specially geared to helping people get involved with local green volunteering opportunities.
Individuals are often keen on doing their bit to help the planet – or even just their local environment - but aren’t sure where to start. Do-it.org.uk is the most comprehensive and diverse national database of volunteering opportunities in Britain, so it offers masses of choice.
Honda itself is donating £5 for every person who test drives the new Insight to a green charity nominated by their nationwide network of dealers. Each dealership can pick the organisation it wants to support.
Hybrid car technology is improving all the time, and the Insight is leading the pack when it comes to environmental friendliness. The virtually seamless connection between the petrol engine and the batteries means that the car automatically chooses the most efficient fuel source.
This allows it not only to claim strong green credentials, but also to deliver economy as well. It manages a low fuel consumption of up to 64.2mpg, and produces only 101g per km of CO2, putting it in the inexpensive B tax band and amounting to an emissions reduction of about 30 per cent compared to an ordinary petrol-fuelled car,
The Insight has a feature called eco-assist which is designed to help the motorist to drive the car more economically. It provides fuel efficient driving guidance, even warning you if you’re braking too hard. In addition, it gives you an eco-score at the end of your journey which is added to a lifetime score.
There’s even a special economy button which is designed to make the most out of every last drop of fuel. Press, and your green credentials improve even further – it automatically takes control of the air conditioning system and the braking to provide an even more frugal response.
It is this sort of imaginative thinking which has encouraged Honda to launch its volunteering campaign – something which the Northampton Chronicle & Echo is supporting with its own microsite. By going to it, you can see just how easy it is to sign up and do something for the community.
Northampton Chronicle & Echo