Making a Difference

 

At Enterprise, sustainability is more than just a popular business term. Beyond our selection of electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles which cut CO2 emissions, we work with a range of public sector authorities and planning developers to rethink the ways that people travel. We were a founding member of the Urban Mobility Partnership, a ground-breaking multi-modal partnership which aims to shape the future of urban mobility to improve air quality and consumer’s lives.

We’ve been recognised over and over again for our commitment to sustainability, and we’re proud that our core beliefs are making a difference.

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Reducing CO2 emissions

Car club cars produce 43% less Co2 from tailpipe emissions than the average UK car*. The positive impact is amplified by the fact that each car club car displaces 10.5 private cars* and deferrers 12 private car purchases*. Meaning the more car club wheels that hit the tarmac the fewer cars there are on the roads overall improving air quality and congestion.

 

* https://como.org.uk

 

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Helping towns & cities improve air quality

Enterprise Car Club work in partnership with many town, city and county councils helping them shape their transport policy so that it might encourage modal shift which would reduce congestion and improving air quality. We actively support such bodies as they peruse ‘Ultra Low Emission’, ‘Future Mobility Zone’ or ‘Smart City’ statuses.

See how we’ve supported the Nottingham ‘Workplace Parking Levy’.

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Driving electric adoption

A large percentage of the Enterprise Car Club fleet is electric or hybrid (45%) and as supporting charging infrastructure expands this proportion will only increase. We are keen to drive adoption of these vehicles types amongst our membership using discounted pricing, familiarisation sessions and incentives to promote this modal shift. Find out more about our electric & hybrid vehicles here.

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Making corporate travel policies greener

Across the UK Enterprise works with SMEs and larger corporates to shape how they can leverage their travel policies to adopt greener modes of shared transport – such as car clubs. Innovations such as ‘Enterprise Travel Direct’ and the Enterprise Car Club telematics gives companies more insight than ever before into how they can optimise journeys.  Find out more about Enterprise Car Club for business travel here.

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Promoting shared transport

Enterprise Car Club is an accredited member of CoMoUk, a charitable organisation which plays a leading role in the UK’s transition to integrated mobility solutions designed for the public good. Their work support car clubs, bike share and ride share as well as other emerging transport modes such as “on demand” buses and scooter sharing to enable mobility lifestyles which present an alternative to private car ownership. By taking private vehicle ownership off the road, Enterprise Car Club helps create a space for alternative shared transport methods and encourages initiatives that promote advocacy, inputs into research and supports shaping the industry to cultivate better communities.

 

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Encouraging active travel 

Car clubs free up road capacity for active travel, making it safer and more attractive to the wider community. Car Club members themselves after joining are likely to walk more (+16%) and cycle more (+10%) than they did prior to obtaining membership. This is because car club members have a greater propensity to opt for these active travel modes for smaller localised journeys, using a car only when really needed. Car Club members add more walking and cycling to the blend of travel modes they use and 42% of Car Club members travel by bicycle at least once a week compared to the average in England of 14%. Find out more about Enterprise Car Club & Active Travel here.

*CoMoUk.org.uk

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Investing in innovation

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels is a research unit within the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center that was established in 2007 with a grant from the Taylor family. The mission of the Enterprise Institute is to create the next generation of alternative fuel technologies by enhancing the potential of oilseed crops, algae and bioenergy grasses as sources of sustainable bioenergy to someday be used to fuel cars, vans and aircraft. Find out more about how Enterprise invests in innovation.

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Giving back to the environment

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is funding the planting of 50 million trees throughout the US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the UK as part of the Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge.

Established in honour of the company’s 50th anniversary and to thank customers for their longtime support, the tree-planting program was made possible through a unique public-private partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

Each project is individually selected to prioritize immediate reforestation needs and to help restore ecosystems after wildfires or other natural disasters strike. The Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge will have planted 14 million trees by the end of 2019 – and 50 million trees by 2056. 

 

 

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Sustainability Awards for Enterprise

Just a selection of the sustainability, green and corporate responsibility awards Enterprise has been awarded.

Best in Biz Awards: Environmental Program of the Year (Gold) – Enterprise Holdings (2019)

Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award from Global Business Travel Association – Enterprise Holdings (20152013)

Award for Promotion of Good Environmental Stewardship from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) – Enterprise Holdings (2012) 

Gold Magellan Award for Eco-Friendly "Green" Fleet Program from Travel Weekly – Enterprise Holdings (2012)