Customers will soon be driving off the forecourt at Devonshire Motors in the knowledge that the emissions from their new cars have been offset for their first year. Barnstaple based Devonshire Motors have teamed up with carbon offsetting company co2balanc

Customers will soon be driving off the forecourt at Devonshire Motors in the knowledge that the emissions from their new cars have been offset for their first year.Barnstaple based Devonshire Motors have teamed up with carbon offsetting company co2balance.com to assess the amount of carbon dioxide an average car produces in a year. They will then take action to offset this amount of carbon for every new customer, by planting trees in co2balance's Tinners Forest, in Cornwall.Launching the new green scheme, Barry Brettell from Devonshire Motors said: "The scheme is about raising awareness of climate change, and the fact that we can all do something about it. Through running this initiative customers can drive away knowing that, for the first year at least, action has been taken to reduce their car's impact on climate change. As well as offsetting this carbon, we will also be helping to plant more trees in Cornwall, which in time will be turned into a community woodland." "But is not just about offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions of the cars," added Barry. "There are many steps that we take to ensure that our vehicles are as fuel efficient as possible, and therefore produce less carbon as a result. Steps like ensuring that tyres are properly inflated can make a difference to your fuel economy, carbon output, and of course your pocket."As well as looking after your vehicle, smarter driving is great way to reduce your car's carbon emissions. At 70mph the average car uses up to 9 per cent more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15 per cent more fuel than at 50mph.Devonshire Motors have already planted 216 trees at co2balance's new woodland near Roche in order to offset the co2 emmissions for the whole business for the next 12 months. Gary Rumbold from co2balance.com said: "All the trees are planted on land which we own and which we manage ourselves. This ensures that we have control over the trees, in order to ensure that every one planted can absorb carbon dioxide and help combat climate change. The scheme is also a totally 'additional' project, which means that the trees would not otherwise have been planted but for the investment of Devonshire Motors."For more information on Devonshire Motors, phone (01271) 342600 or log on to www.devonmotorgroup.co.uk. To find out more about co2balance log on to www.co2balance.comor email enquiries@co2balance.com