Even more recently, the metro New York team reduced energy consumption by more than 530,000 kWh during a five-month period. Upgrades included installing energy-efficient lighting, adding motion sensors on thermostats and controlling parking lot lighting with an astronomic timer, Enterprise said.
In 2010, Enterprise Holdings committed to reduce both energy use and energy costs by 20 percent company-wide through its 20/20 Vision initiative, with $50 million in energy cost savings by 2015.
Andy Church, president and general manager for Enterprise Holdings in New York, is hoping that metro New York locations can reduce energy use by up to 25 percent by 2015.
Enterprise’s management training program is now aiming to introduce corporate sustainability fundamentals to branch management. Gavin Ramrattan, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch manager in Jamaica, N.Y., said that a more efficient HVAC system, painting the roof white and upgrading interior and exterior lighting helped reduce his branch’s electricity use by 30 percent.
In January 2011, Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced plans to invest more than $150 million over five years in following a set of internal sustainability guidelines, informing the building and retrofitting of more than 1,000 locations. The company’s Enterprise Sustainable Construction Protocol sets out principles for green building including the use of materials that have at least ten percent recycled content, and building on previously developed sites where possible. These and other measures will save Enterprise up to 35 percent on its energy and water spend, the company said.
Also in January 2011, Enterprise became the first car rental company to offer Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles for daily and weekly rentals. The first location offering the cars was in Ontario, Calif. The location also features a charging station for the EVs.