Martorell, 16/05/2019. On the occasion of International Recycling Day, which is being celebrated tomorrow, SEAT has announced that it is focussing its environmental improvement actions this year on reducing waste. Over the past 8 years, SEAT has managed to generate 34% less waste in its facilities, and in the next few months is going to implement measures designed to reduce production waste by up to 60% in the next six years.
Among other initiatives, SEAT is going to prevent waste generation and address optimising separation in order to obtain more recycling and reuse of production waste. The company also aims to further refine the waste generated at different stages of the production process, such as paint and sealant slurry.
In the last 8 years, the company has successfully reduced its environmental footprint by 34% on average. Since 2010, when SEAT launched its Ecomotive Factory environmental strategy, the company has lowered its power and water consumption by 21.6% and 30.9%, respectively. In addition, it has decreased its CO2 and volatile organic compound emissions by 63.3% and 21.4% and generated 34.2% less waste.
SEAT Vice-president for Production and Logistics Dr. Christian Vollmer pointed out that “we aim to continue to improve in order to become a model company in every aspect – for the quality and production efficiency of our factories, as well as for finding solutions to the paradigm shift that businesses and society are faced with, where recycling, emissions reduction and environmental care are becoming increasingly more important.” In 2018 SEAT invested 16 million euros in environmental initiatives in production related areas.
With a view to 2025
The next milestone in SEAT’s environmental strategy is to improve its indicators by 50% by 2025. The company is already working on additional systems, such as an installation that aims to recover the heat emitted by the Martorell factory chimneys, which in terms of energy will enable a savings equivalent to the annual consumption of 760 households, as well as a reduction in CO2 emissions that is equal to the absorbing capacity of 250,000 trees.
Furthermore, SEAT is going to extend the use of water-based paint in the entire paint process, including priming. This initiative will prevent the emission of volatile organic compounds equivalent to using solvent-based paint to paint 38,000 cars.
One of SEAT’s landmark environmental initiatives is the SEAT al Sol solar power park on the roofs of the Martorell factory, the largest facility of its kind in Europe and one of the largest in the world auto industry. Featuring 53,000 photovoltaic panels covering an area equivalent to 40 football fields, SEAT generates 17 million kWh annually, , enough energy to charge the SEAT el-Born 293,100 times, enabling SEAT’s first-ever electric car to cover an average yearly distance of 105 million kilometres.
With the goal of reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, a new, high efficiency paint application system was installed in SEAT Martorell in 2018. This innovative measure has reduced the rate of VOC emissions generated by this process by 40%, the equivalent of 10 tonnes per year. Also in the paint division, a new spray booth was implemented in 2018 to paint the two-tone chassis of the SEAT Arona and the Audi A1. Likewise, the maximum painting capacity was increased from 2,300 to 2,400 cars per day by completely automating one of the lines. The company invested 23 million euros on these implementations.
Commitment to sustainability
SEAT’s ambitious environmental strategy with a view to 2025 is aligned with the commitment made by the company and the Volkswagen Group to comply with the environmental targets set out in the Paris Agreements. In line with this goal, SEAT is going to implement measures to obtain a CO2 neutral balance in the entire value chain of vehicles and in every company division by 2050.
We are Autohellas Tourist and Trading Societe Anonyme and its subsidiaries operating under the Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Firefly and Hertz Operating Lease brands (together “we”, “us”, and “our”). This policy does not cover our affiliates or other third parties through whom you may interact with us. This is a high level summary to explain how we collect, processes, store and otherwise use information about you and your rights in relation to that information. For full information, please see the full policy below.
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We are the Greek Company Autohellas Tourist and Trading Societe Anonyme, official franchisee of Hertz International for Greece and other seven (7) countries in which we are running business activities through our subsidiaries, as shown in the following table. Our activities include between others:
The commercial brands that we use are Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Firefly and Hertz Operating Lease (together “we”, “us”, and “our”).
|1||Autohellas Tourist and Trading Societe Anonyme||Greece||GR|
|2||Autotechnica Hellas S.A.||Greece||GR|
|3||Autotechnica (Cyprus) Ltd.||Cyprus||CY|
|5||Autotechnica Fleet Services SRL||Romania||RO|
|6||Autotechnica Serbia DOO||Serbia||RS|
|7||Autotechnica Montenegro DOO||Montenegro||ME|
|9||Autotechnica Fleet Services LLC||Ukraine||UA|
This Policy covers the information we collect about you in connection with the abovementioned business activities, which identifies, or can be used to identify, directly or indirectly, you as an individual (“Personal Data”). It does not apply to information that cannot reasonably identify you. For example, but without limitation, aggregated anonymous data are not Personal Data.
We respect the privacy rights of our customers and are committed to protecting your privacy. This Policy explains our data handling practices with regard to your Personal Data, as well as your rights associated with that data.
We collect Personal Data that you provide during the execution of our services, on our websites, on third-party websites, on applications that we use in order to provide our services, in connection with any inquiries, reservations, rentals or purchases you make in relation to our services. We may collect your Personal Data directly or through our service providers, our subsidiaries, our franchisor, business partners and booking channel providers. For further details, see below:
1.Α. TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED may include, but are not limited to:
We may collect certain Personal Data that constitutes sensitive data in some countries, such as (indicatively but not limited to):
1.Β. METHODS AND SOURCES OF COLLECTION may include, but are not limited to:
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Our websites are not directed to individuals under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly obtain Personal Data from such individuals.
Depending on the purposes for which we collect and use your Personal Data, as set out in this Policy, the Personal Data we collect from you may be required due to a statutory or contractual obligation, or provided by you on a voluntary basis, or necessary for us to enter into a contract with you and provide you with our services. If you do not provide your Personal Data to us we may not be able to provide the requested services (renting, leasing, maintenance, sales etc.).
Below we have set out the various purposes for which we process your Personal Data. We have also set out the legal grounds for the processing of your Personal Data for each purpose:
2.1. OPERATIONS AND SERVICES: We may use your Personal Data to provide you with the services or products you request from us and to perform other activities related to such services or products, including billing and collection following a rental or leasing, or to communicate with you regarding:
Legal grounds: to perform our contract with you or to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you.
2.2. OUR MARKETING: With your consent, we may use your Personal Data to provide you with marketing information, customer satisfaction or services assessment surveys, special offers and promotions via various means, including e-mail and SMS messages, in accordance with applicable law.
Legal grounds: on the basis of your consent. However, where permitted by applicable law we may lawfully use your Personal Data to send you such marketing communications (including via email) for these marketing purposes where necessary for our legitimate interests, which include promoting our products and services, special offers and promotions which may be of interest to you.
You can unsubscribe from receiving such messages at any time by contacting us at the details at Section 6 below as well as by the unsubscribe link in each e-mail message. Please note that if you exercise these choices, you will continue to receive communications concerning your account and products and services you requested, and in response to any requests for information by you. Please also note that this unsubscribe process may take some time to complete, consistent with applicable law.
2.3. THIRD PARTY MARKETING: We may also share your Personal Data with a sponsor or other third party that provides you with special offers or promotions that may be of interest to you (“Third Party Provider”) where permitted.
Legal grounds: on the basis of your consent. You may instruct us at any time not to share your Personal Data covered by this Policy with such Third Party Providers where you have previously consented.
2.4. NORMAL COURSE OF BUSINESS: We may also process your Personal Data and other information if such processing is necessary:
2.5. WEBSITES: If you use our websites we may process your Personal Data as follows:
We are not responsible for the information that you or others choose to disclose publicly and such information is not subject to this Policy.
3.Α. THIRD PARTY COMPANIES
We may share your Personal Data with third parties in the following circumstances:
3.Α.1. To provide services to you: We will share your personal data among ourselves, our agents, our licensees and other companies to provide services to you, including among others
3.Α.2. Disclosure to companies you use: We will also share your information with companies you use in connection with your rental, including:
3.Α.3. Protective and legal uses: We may use, share and disclose your personal data for legal reasons as we believe necessary or appropriate, including among others to:
3.Α.4. Disclosure to our service providers and agents: We may use other companies as our service providers or agents to act on our behalf and assist us in the conduct of our business, performing services for us under our instruction. These services may include hosting certain websites or databases, operating “apps” for us on our social media networks’ pages, running contests, sweepstakes and other promotions for us, sending marketing communications, carrying out data analysis and conducting customer satisfaction surveys or other researches. We will always require our service providers and agents to maintain appropriate security standards to protect your personal data and use the personal data we provide to them only for the purposes we specify and according to law.
3.Α.5. Disclosure for corporate transactions: We may disclose your personal data to a third party in connection with any contemplated or actual reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).
3.Β. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS
Some of the uses and disclosures mentioned in this Policy may involve the transfer of your Personal Data to various countries around the world that may have different levels of privacy protection than your country of residence or interaction with us, such as when you request rental services to be provided to you in a country outside the European Union (“EU”).
Where our transfer of your data is necessary to provide rental services requested by you, the legal basis for the transfer is the contractual necessity of the transfer, and your Personal Data will be processed by the company providing the services you requested in accordance with applicable local law and the relevant bi-country agreements.
Where we transfer your Personal Data to a third party outside the European Union and no legal basis applies, such as where we transfer the data to a company processing it to our instruction to enable us to provide our services, we will ensure that the required safeguards are in place for the transfer.
4.Α. DATA RETENTION
We retain personal data about our customers for as long as necessary for the purposes for which it was collected, or unless otherwise allowed or required by you or by law. We collect Personal Data for a number of purposes (see above) and may be required to retain it for legal (including tax, civil or other legal regulations) reasons for a period which is longer than the time we need or use the data for the purpose of providing our rental services to you. We maintain a data retention policy to cover all the Personal Data we retain across our systems. If you have any questions about the retention period applying to the Personal Data we collect about you, please contact us (see Section 6).
4.B. SECURITY MEASURES
Information is stored and accessed in various locations, including cloud services. Servers which store information are primarily located in Greece, Europe and the United States, although storage may occur in other locations as well. We use reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures (a) to safeguard Personal Data against loss, theft, unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification; and (b) to ensure the integrity of your Personal Data. To help us protect your privacy, you should maintain the secrecy of any logon IDs and passwords, Member numbers, or other identifiers or credentials you may have set up or were provided with in connection with your participation in or use of our products, services, or websites.
As you may be aware, there is no completely secure method of transmitting or storing data. Although their physical characteristics are different, postal mail, telephone calls, text messages, faxes and transmissions over the Internet or wireless networks all present possibilities of loss, misrouting, interception and misuse of the data that is transmitted. If you have reason to believe that any account with us is no longer secure, you must immediately contact us.
We try to strike a balance between the security of your data and your convenience. As a result, we may sometimes use a method of communication that is less secure than a less convenient alternative. For example, but not limitation, we may send you an e-mail or a text message in unencrypted form (i.e. instantly readable) because many of our customers are unable to access encrypted (i.e. coded) e-mail or messages. This means that our message, if misrouted or intercepted, could be read more easily than encrypted messages. Such messages may contain Personal Data. Please do not include confidential information, such as your credit card number or account passwords, in any e-mail or text you send to us or on any posting you make to a public area of a third-party social network page, especially since any such posting immediately becomes public. For a more secure way to communicate with us over the Internet, please click on the “Contact Us” link on any of our websites.
5.Α. You have all the rights according the provisions of the law. Especially, you have the right to request access to, review, and update your Personal Data covered by this Policy, and can request this by contacting us at the details set out in Section 6 below. While we will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your request, we also reserve the right to impose certain restrictions and requirements on such access requests, if allowed or required by applicable laws. If you are a member of one of our membership or rewards programs, you may update the information in your member profile by logging into your applicable member profile.
5.B. Among others, you also have the right to:
5.C. In addition, where we process your Personal Data on the basis of your consent, you can withdraw that consent at any time.
You can make a request to us to exercise any of these rights by contacting us as set out in Section 6 below.
6.Α. CONTACT US: We do business in many countries and aim to comply with the privacy laws applicable to the Personal Data we collect and use. Should you have a concern or request about our handling of your Personal Data, you may contact us directly via the methods described below. We will work to respond and resolve your complaints in an expeditious manner. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a competent data protection supervisory authority in your jurisdiction.
Please contact us by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to the address below if you have any questions, wish to exercise your rights of access, or seek other assistance as described above.
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Autohellas Tourist and Trading Societe Anonyme
31 Viltanioti Str., Kifissia
6.Β. CHANGES: We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time for any reason by posting revisions on this webpage or on applicable apps or other sites. Such changes will be effective upon posting, but will not apply retroactively.