I often talk about how Enterprise works with various organizations to broaden the conversation about sustainability in the travel industry. Earlier this year, I had the honor of presenting on this very topic for the Government-wide Travel Advisory Committee (GTAC), a group commissioned by the U.S. General Services Administration to review existing travel policies, processes and procedures for federal government travelers. Like GTAC, more and more business travelers are taking sustainability into account when making their travel arrangements. In fact, many organizations are including sustainability as a key factor in their formal travel policies. That’s why we at Enterprise view sustainability as an essential business strategy, not just a nice thing we do when it’s convenient. To differentiate us from our competitors and ensure our vehicles meet the sustainable demands of our customers, Enterprise Holdings and our affiliates have implemented a number of notable sustainability initiatives, including:
Largest, Most Fuel-efficient Fleet – With 1.4 million vehicles and more than 8,100 locations around the world we offer a multitude of options to increase fuel efficiency. Today, approximately 57 percent of our vehicles average a highway fuel efficiency rating of at least 28 mpg, and 28 percent of our vehicles average 32 mpg or better.
Energy Reduction – A companywide effort known as the 20/20 Vision engages our local operations and rental branches around the world to identify innovative, scalable solutions to reduce energy use and costs by 20 percent by 2015.
Sustainable Construction – We’ve also committed to a long-term $150 million investment in the Enterprise Sustainable Construction Protocol (ESCP) to ensure that all newly constructed and retrofitted rental locations are efficient and sustainable.
Our commitment to sustainable business practices doesn’t come at the sacrifice of reliable customer service. At Enterprise, we support the wellbeing of every renter during their time with us, whether it’s for an hour, day, week or longer. By taking a long-term view and investing in sustainable practices and travel options early, we’re well positioned to meet the needs of today’s business travelers. -Lee