January 26, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff
ST. LOUIS: Enterprise Rent-A-Car plans to spend $150 million making their locations across North America more environmentally sustainable.
Over the next five years, Enterprise said it will invest in sustainable construction using new guidelines, called the Enterprise Sustainable Construction Protocol (ESCP).
The ESCP is meant to ensure new and retrofitted facilities are designed, built and managed in a sustainable way. Enterprise said using the guidelines is expected to generate energy and water utility savings of up to 35 percent.
“While we may sometimes pay a small premium on materials to build and retrofit in this fashion—up to 2 percent—we expect significant cost savings in the long run,” said Lee Broughton, head of corporate sustainability for Enterprise Holdings, Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s parent company. “These guidelines will help ensure that sustainability is at the core of our facilities.”
The ESCP focuses on several areas in the design, construction and retrofitting of Enterprise facilities, such as the use of sustainable materials, efficient energy use, improved air quality and the reuse of fixtures such as rental counters.
This year, Enterprise Rent-A-Car plans to start sustainable building and retrofit projects at over 1,000 locations.