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Energy Saving Trust and Enterprise in car fleet sustainability drive

By Kyle Linsay
Friday, September 6, 2013 - 09:00

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GREEN: Enterprise and EST join forces

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Energy Saving Trust (EST) are offering fleets improved access to numerous sustainability-boosting products, services and consultancy.

With funding from the Department for Transport, the EST offer several options to help businesses analyse how they use vehicles and identify ways to increase fuel efficiency.

Enterprise will increase uptake by providing their corporate and public sector customers with access to these services, which include fleet consultancy, reviews and fleet health check.

Adrian Bewley, Director of Business Rental at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said: “Businesses need to travel in order to achieve their goals, but they know that this has an impact on their sustainability.

“The challenge is in knowing where to go for impartial, clear and appropriate advice which can help them make the right choices and improve.

“That is why we’re partnering with the Energy Saving Trust.

“Its expertise and status as an independent and impartial organisation will give companies the confidence that they are getting the best advice available.

“They aim to keep employees as mobile as they need to be to do their job, but in the most sustainable way possible.”

The focus of the partnership will be to promote four key services – grey fleet review, green fleet consultancy, plugged-in fleet and fleet health check:

Grey fleet review

Across the public and private sectors, the use of unregulated private vehicles for business use – the ‘grey’ fleet – poses a threat to sustainability.

EST consultants work with organisations to identify viable alternatives to grey fleet and introduce programmes that foster behavioural change.

Green fleet consultancy

Bespoke programmes for larger organisations with complex mobility needs, from calculating the carbon footprint of a company’s car fleet to advice on issues such as company car policy, fuel management systems and processes, grey fleet management, data management and mileage reduction strategies.

Plugged-in fleet

Organisations can apply for a review of how plug-in or electric vehicles can provide an effective solution, providing a whole life cost analysis and comparing existing vehicles with plug-in alternatives.

Participating companies also receive regular updates, commentary and insight on the latest developments.

Fleet health check

Ideally suited to smaller businesses and their transport requirements, the fleet health check is an online tool that provides organisations with an accurate business transport carbon footprint, as well as recommendations for next steps to help reduce costs and emissions.

Andrew Benfield, Head of Transport Services at the EST, said: “We know companies want help with car fleets and mobility, but they don’t always know where to turn.

“Many don’t realise the range of services that are available to them through the Energy Saving Trust and the impact these can have.

“We’ve worked with organisations that have seen a major turnaround in their fleet costs and carbon footprint by using our products to measure what is really going on and then thinking more widely about the alternatives.

“With a national network that is within a few miles of nearly everyone in the country, Enterprise is well placed to help us reach every business in the UK.”

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