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NORTH­ERN Ire­land’s largest fam­ily-owned new and used ve­hi­cle re­tailer Don­nelly Group has be­come the first dealer group lo­cally to go ‘car­bon neu­tral’.

The group is help­ing cus­tomers tackle the car­bon emis­sions as­so­ci­ated with driv­ing a ve­hi­cle by in­vest­ing in projects to re­duce pol­lu­tion in some of the most im­pov­er­ished parts of the world.

It has al­ready off­set more than 2,823 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions, equiv­a­lent to around 416 re­turn trips from Belfast to Syd­ney or a mam­moth 34,426 re­turn jour­neys from Belfast to Dublin.

Dave Sheeran, Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Don­nelly Group, said: “As a com­pany, we have a firm com­mit­ment to safe­guard­ing and help­ing to fos­ter a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment for our cus­tomers, staff and the wider com­mu­nity. This scheme plays an im­por­tant part in those ef­forts as we pledge to re­duce our car­bon foot­print over the com­ing years.

“In or­der to do that, we are of­fer­ing cus­tomers pur­chas­ing a ve­hi­cle from any one of our 18 man­u­fac­tur­ers across North­ern Ire­land, the op­por­tu­nity to drive com­pletely car­bon neu­tral for the first year of own­er­ship, by cal­cu­lat­ing and off­set­ting the car­bon foot­print of their first 10,000 miles.”

The ini­tia­tive has been made pos­si­ble as Don­nelly Group has joined the new Cas­trol Car­bon Neu­tral Pro­gramme sup­ported by BP Tar­get Neu­tral, and as a re­sult of its ef­forts, has been cer­ti­fied as a car­bon neu­tral busi­ness.

To go car­bon neu­tral, un­avoid­able emis­sions are off­set with sup­port from BP Tar­get Neu­tral, which in­vests in car­bon cred­its from a port­fo­lio of car­bon re­duc­tion projects around the world.

These in­clude pro­vid­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient stoves to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in Peru and Mex­ico, re­plac­ing tra­di­tional and po­ten­tially harm­ful open fires, while bio-di­gesters have been in­stalled in re­mote vil­lages in In­dia and China en­abling lo­cal fam­i­lies to cook with bio­gas for the first time.

Dave com­mented: “The di­verse range of projects sup­ported by the Car­bon Neu­tral Pro­gramme means that, as well as be­ing of tremen­dous value to those that avail of the op­por­tu­nity to drive ‘car­bon neu­tral’ lo­cally, the pro­gramme makes a ma­jor pos­i­tive im­pact on hun­dreds of fam­i­lies across the globe reaf­firm­ing our com­mit­ment to com­mu­ni­ties near and far.”

Don­nelly Group, which of­fers ve­hi­cles from 18 lead­ing car and van man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Fiat, Honda, Land Rover, Mit­subishi, Vaux­hall and oth­ers op­er­ates from eight lo­ca­tions across North­ern Ire­land in Bal­ly­mena, Belfast, Dun­gan­non Moy Road, Dun­gan­non M1 Com­plex, Eglin­ton, En­niskillen, New­town­abbey and Omagh.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Don­nelly Group, visit www.don­nel­ly­

North­ern Ire­land’s largest fam­ily-owned new and used ve­hi­cle re­tailer Don­nelly Group is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter be­com­ing the first dealer group lo­cally to go ‘car­bon neu­tral’ af­ter join­ing the new Cas­trol Car­bon Neu­tral Pro­gramme sup­ported by BP Tar­get...

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