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Carbon offsetting and green car insurance

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Carbon offsetting is become increasingly common as companies look to mitigate their own greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electricity use and other sources. Carbon offset schemes take many forms – from planting trees to investing in renewable energy – and they are now offered by a number of car insurance providers.

What is green car insurance?

There are many forms of green car insurance including:

  • Specialist green car insurance companies

There are several providers in the UK that now market exclusively to environmentally conscious customers.

These include ibuyeco, which offers a £5 donation to an eco charity for every policy purchased.  By 2011 ibuyeco aim to raise over £1m for eco charities.

  • Car insurance companies with green schemes

Many mainstream car insurance providers now offer schemes aimed at green customers. These include More Than, which offers a ‘Green Wheels’ policy.

The More Than Green Wheels deal places the emphasis on improving an individual’s driving style to make it more green. It provides access to information such as the rate at which they brake and accelerate, the number of short journeys they make and how long they leave the car idling, to help them become aware of the environment when driving and adjust their style appropriately.

Other car insurance providers may allow you to pay an additional premium to contribute to a carbon offsetting scheme.

Should you buy green car insurance?

One option is to compare car insurance quotes online with a comparison website.  If the cheapest quote you receive isn’t from a provider with a green scheme, then you could choose to buy that policy and use the money you save to contribute to an environmental project of your own choice.

ibuyeco Car Insurance

For every Ibuyeco policy purchased a £5 donation to an eco charity will be made– all of their money none of yours.  When you buy a policy ibuyeco ask you to choose from a selection of charities for the donation to go to, helping you feel good about your car insurance.

Every 4 months another 3 worthy eco-charities will be chosen to replace the existing ones. By 2011 ibuyeco aim to raise over £1m for eco charities.

A-Plan Insurance

Here at A-Plan in Chichester, we have identified the difficulty in finding the right insurance for Electric & Green Cars. Despite the Electric Vehicle market growing rapidly, many insurers are still not able to provide cover.

With access to some of the UK’s top insurers we can help you find the right policy at the right price, saving you both time and money. Call us on 01243 850880 to find the best deal for your Car Insurance.


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Green Car Finance

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Below are details and links about the various ways to finance you new car;

Compare Contract Hire

Compare Contract Hire is the UK’s first contract hire price comparison site (launched in June 2008) allowing both SME’s and consumers the ability to quote online and deal direct with contract hire companies.  You can search by exact model, by £ rental, by CO2 and by MPG.

PCP (Personal Contract Plan)

Personal Contract Plans allow you to purchase a new vehicle without having to pay for it all.  Pay a small deposit and the remainder over 12-48 months.  A pre determined future value of the vehicle will be given.  At the end of the term, you can buy the vehicle or hand it back.

Personal Loan

A personal loan allows you to borrow a set amount over a set period of time.  Repayment is made in fixed monthly installments over your desired period.

Contract Hire & Lease Hire

To be eligible for Contract Hire you need to be a business that has been trading for 3 years.  Simply choose the duration of the hire and your annual mileage.  There is usually an initial payment equivalent to 3 months hire.  At the end of the duration simply hand the vehicle back.

Personal Contract Hire

Personal Contract Hire is similar to Contract hire above except available to private individuals.  You just need to add the VAT sum to your monthly payments.

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Green Car Deals & Offers

We’ve hunted out the latest deals and offers available in the market to help save you money on your next car proving that being green doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.  Remember: GreenCarSite does not buy, sell or supply vehicles.  Please contact your local dealer directly as other deals and discounts may be available.  See manufacturer website for full terms and conditions.


Mazda MX-5 1.8 SE £15,546

0% VAT (List Price £18,490)



Mazda2 1.3 3dr TS Air Con £9,250

0% VAT (List Price £10,990)

Mazda2 Venture Edition



New Mitsubishi Colt from £7,875

% VAT + 0% APR (List Price £9,450)

"New Mitsubishi Colt from £7,875"



Save £2,245 (List Price £7,940)




Ford Fiesta Studio 1.25 3dr £7995

Save £1,800 (List Price £9795)

Ford Fiesta Studio 1.25 3dr £7995


Suzuki Alto £5995

VAT Free

Suzuki Alto £5995




Which cars are exempt from the London congestion charge?

The greenest cars exempt from the London congestion Charge include all electric cars, some hybrid cars, and cars emitting the lowest CO2 emission.  For our full guide see our congestion charge guide.

My car emits low emissions.  Is it exempt from the London Congestion Charge?

Refer to your cars log book which will state your cars CO2 emission.  Cars with the lowest emissions are exempt from paying the London Congestion Charge but you still need to register them.  For our full guide see our congestion charge guide.

Where is the best place to look for a second hand green car?

The GreenCarSite classified section always has a range of green car available.  Our classified section is regularly updated with adverts submitted from traders and private individuals.

I don’t live in London, where can I buy an electric car from?

Most electric car dealer are based in London so you may need to travel to London to test drive one due to their limited range.  However if you wanted to purchase an electric car, it can easily be delivered to your door.  Servicing and maintenance can usually be done on a call out basis.

I can not afford to change my car.  How bad for the environment is my existing car?

A quick way to gauge how green your car is, is to check its C02 emission levels.  It is also useful to check how many miles to the gallon (mpg) of fuel it returns.  Once you have these figures, it is useful to compare these to other similar vehicles in its class.

How can I be more green without changing my vehicle?

If you are not looking to change your car, a few easy changes can help make any car even more environmentally friendly.  For more details click here.

How would I charge an electric car if I don’t have off-street parking. 

Electric cars need to be plugged directly into the mains to be charged.  This is because batteries are still too large and heavy to be removable from the car.  Therefore a garage or off-street parking is usually required.  There are however an increasing number of electric car charging points appearing on streets and in some car parks.


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Compare Contract Hire

Compare Contract Hire is the UK’s first contract hire price comparison site (launched in June 2008) allowing both SME’s and consumers the ability to quote online and deal direct with contract hire companies.  You can search by exact model, by £ rental, by CO2 and by MPG.


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A guide to UK winter tyres to help you compare winter and summer tyres, find the best winter tyre for you and at the cheapest price.


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Helping the Environment

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Drive Greener

If you are not looking to change your car just yet there are a number of ways you can be more environmentally friendly and help you save money by conserving fuel.

  • Lighten your car to reduce weight by not carrying unnecessary items.

  • Cut your speed and stick to the speed limits

  • Drive smoothly avoiding heavy accelerating and braking.

  • When stationary for a long time, switch off the engine.

  • Closing windows will make the car more efficient by being more aerodynamic.  Remove roof bars when not is use also helps.

  • Make sure your tyres are properly inflated as under inflated tyres cause more resistance.

  • Where possible, walk, cycle or even use public transport. 

  • If possible lift share to reduce the number of cars on the road.

Carbon Footprint

To begin to control climate change, our lifestyle decisions must also begin to include the effect and cost of pollution. If people begin to take responsibility for managing their own carbon footprint, we can continue with our needed activities while mitigating the impact on global warming.

Of course, offsetting your carbon footprint is just one element of reducing climate damage. Here are some practical first steps that you can take to reduce your carbon impact wherever possible:

Cut down on fossil fuel usage

  • Switch to energy efficient appliances and “green” electricity providers at home and at work. Turn off appliances at the wall instead of using standby.

  • Walk or cycle instead of driving.

  • Keep the car parked: use phone and video conferencing to avoid the trip.

  • If you need to go somewhere, walk, take the train and bus, or cycle instead of driving.

  • If you have to drive, carpool or drive a fuel efficient car. If you can, use renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel.

  • Cut back on the number of flights. Make conference calls to avoid the trip, or try taking the train when you can.

  • Keep a shopping and errands list in the kitchen, so that you can take care of groups of activities when you are out and save on transport emissions for multiple trips.

Support low-carbon & carbon-cleared products

  • Organically grown food is usually less carbon-intensive than traditional products.

  • Try to use taxis or personal vehicles that have offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Buy from companies that have reduced and cleared their emissions.

  • Recycle more bottles, cans, paper and plastic. It usually takes less energy and CO2to produce recycled goods than it does to manufacture them from raw materials. If your area doesn’t have a kerbside recycling scheme, send an email to your local representative to ask for one.

  • Get creative with gift-giving. The gift of time, services, or environmentally positive gifts may be more appreciated than disposable goods that are not to the taste or needs of the recipient.

Look into those lifestyle changes you’ve been putting off

  • Work from home more. Many organisations, when prodded a little, will accept flexible work arrangements where there is no impact to the work that needs to get done.

  • Set up a carpool for work or for taking the kids to school.

  • Make a resolution to reduce your carbon emissions by 10% over the next 3 months.