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A LONG-TERM VIEW

Managing our business for the long term started nearly 60 years ago, with a thoughtful, conservative approach to our operations, the responsible use of our resources and the respectful treatment of our customers, employees and communities.

COMMITMENTS IN ACTION

With our goal-oriented culture, we’ve started many programs and have put commitments on paper to reduce our impact on the environment over time. From our 20/20 Vision for energy consumption and 50 Million Tree Pledge to our customer-inclusive programs that encourage cleaner technologies and practices, we’re making a difference in a number of ways, and tracking as we go.

LEADERSHIP FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF THE AUTOMOBILE

In 2012, at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, our Chairman and CEO Andrew C. Taylor and President of General Motors North America Mark Reuss discussed long-term solutions for sustainable mobility, along with business sustainability expert and journalist Marc Gunther.

 

Instilling Sustainability Throughout Our Business

We welcomed Peter Seligmann, co-founder, chairman and CEO of the environmental advocacy organization Conservation International, for an exclusive discussion with Lee Broughton. In an hour-long conversation with more than 100 senior leaders, Seligmann highlighted the importance of corporate initiatives that strike a balance between business value and resource conservation. The interview zeroed in on the principles and applications of sustainable business and the critical importance of practices big and small that can help secure a sustainable future for companies and communities.

UTILITY CONSUMPTION UPDATE

In 2010, we made a promise to reduce our electricity and gas consumption by 20%. Here is where we stand today.

Electricity Consumption

Reduce electricity consumption and related costs by 20% over five years from 2010 baseline.

Natural Gas Consumption

Reduce natural gas consumption and related costs by 20% over five years from 2010 baseline.

ONGOING RESEARCH

Since 2006, Enterprise’s owners, the Taylor family, have funded the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels, where scientists are researching and developing next-generation biofuels from nonfood crops such as camelina, switchgrass and algae. These fuels would reduce both the environmental impact and the nation’s dependence on foreign sources.

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