Toronto, Ontario – Toronto car sharing program AutoShare has announced a new program with Zerofootprint that will offset the auto network’s carbon footprint. The program is estimated to offset over 1 million kilometres of city driving in 2009.

AutoShare will integrate the offset program as part of its environmental strategy, which already includes offering hybrid vehicles and buying electricity from a renewable energy provider.

The program, available to all AutoShare members, will offset emissions created by driving for about half a cent per kilometre, making the trip carbon-neutral. Offsets will be available to government, business and non-profit clients of AutoShare free of charge.

“We wanted to empower our business clients in their efforts to promote sustainable work environments,” said AutoShare president Kevin McLaughlin. “Partnering up with Zerofootprint on this initiative is an ideal way for us to do that.”

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