UK’s Co-Operative Insurance Launches ‘Sexy Green Car Show’

May 23, 2008

The UK’s Co-operative Insurance has launched an ecologically friendly exposition, dubbed the “Sexy Green Car Show at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The Show is now in its second year with more vehicles on display. They will be “testing their green credentials at what is normally a car-free zone,”; the bulletin noted. “Among other major manufacturers showing off their latest low-emission cars will be Citroen, Honda, Peugeot, Saab, Fiat and Volkswagen.”;

Co-operative’s show is designed to convince the rest of the UK’s motor (auto) “insurance industry to take action and give more consideration in the claims process to repairing rather than replacing plastic components such as bumpers and bonnets following an accident,”; said the announcement.

“By focussing more on the repair of parts, carbon emissions are reduced as less demand means a reduction in the amount of parts produced in factories, fewer parts are transported across the world and a smaller amount of damaged parts are transported to waste sites,”; Co-operative explained.

Co-operative added that it’s “offering repairers within its affiliated repair network, a major incentive to repair plastic parts rather than discard them and replace with new. It will give repairers who choose to repair a plastic part, an incentive in the form of a cash incentive equating to 50 per cent of the cost of the new part.”;

Co-Operative’s Director of General Insurance David Neave stressed: “We have a robust environmental policy at The Co-operative Insurance and we are constantly seeking ways to reduce the environmental impact of the industry we serve. We recognize that it’s easier to fit a new part and throw away the old one, rather than considering whether it could be repaired. So in order to encourage repairers to think again, we’ve decided to offer them a major incentive.

“We have shown that our commitment to combating climate change through all areas of our business and this initiative is another demonstration to that commitment. We think that it is high time that other insurers follow our lead and encourage their network of repairers to repair damaged parts instead of stripping them down and sending them to landfill.”

Source: Co-Operative Insurance –

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