Carbon Emissions and Offsets
As a leader in the global car rental and travel industries, Enterprise Holdings takes a sustainable approach to business and works with our partners to meet their supply-chain sustainability goals.
For example, in 2010, we began taking inventory of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with our operations, including monitoring vehicle fuel efficiency in our global fleet.
In addition, Enterprise Holdings reports annually to the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), an international not-for-profit organization providing a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to transparently report their environmental impacts.
Our CDP submission is shared, upon request, to provide longtime partners – including corporate accounts and insurance companies – relevant proprietary information as well as more accountability and transparency about Enterprise Holdings’ fleet and operations. This greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) data includes Scope 1 (direct GHG from owned operations) and Scope 2 (indirect GHG from consumption of purchased electricity, heat and/or steam) associated with our operations.
Scope 1 and 2 emissions constitute less than 3 percent of Enterprise Holdings’ overall GHG impact. Scope 3 emissions – mostly determined by the wide range of driving habits and mobility needs of customers – are not included.
Helping Customers Manage Their Carbon Footprint
Business travel customers regularly support sustainable practices simply by renting from one of Enterprise Holdings' three brands – Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car or National Car Rental – or by leasing a vehicle from Enterprise Fleet Management. We also offer customers a vast array of local market data to help them measure their efficiency and lower their travel impact.
Since FY2009, Enterprise Holdings has helped corporate accounts measure and manage their carbon footprints. Our Enterprise, National and Alamo brands offer customized carbon emissions reports based on vehicle type and miles traveled, by request.
We also offer services that help customers minimize the impact of their vehicle rental by purchasing carbon offsets that support renewable energy projects. Working in partnership with TerraPass in the U.S. and Canada, and ClimateCare in the UK, customers have cumulatively offset more than 163,000 metric tons of carbon. Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, that’s equivalent to saving 18.3 million gallons of gasoline and 377,410 barrels of oil. We expect demand to increase for these custom reports as more companies audit and disclose their own carbon footprints.