Enterprise Rent-A-Car and U.K.-based Energy Saving Trust are joining forces to improve the sustainability of U.K. business travel.

With funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), the Energy Saving Trust offers a range of options to help businesses analyze how they use vehicles and identify ways to increase fuel efficiency. Enterprise Rent-A-Car will increase uptake by providing its corporate and public sector customers with access to services such as fleet consultancy and a fleet health check.

“Businesses need to travel in order to achieve their goals, but they know that this has an impact on their sustainability,” said Adrian Bewley, director of business rental at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “That is why we’re partnering with the Energy Saving Trust. Its expertise and status as an independent and impartial organization 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.”

According to Enterprise, the partnership will promote four key services:

  • 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. Energy Saving Trust consultants work with organizations to identify viable alternatives to grey fleet and introduce programs that foster behavioral change.
  • Green fleet consultancy: Personalized programs for larger organizations 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 data management.
  • Plugged-in fleet: Organizations 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.
  • Fleet health check: Ideally suited to smaller businesses and their transport requirements, the fleet health check is an online tool that provides an accurate business transport carbon footprint, as well as recommendations to help reduce costs and emissions.

“We’ve worked with organizations 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,” said Andrew Benfield, head of transport services at the Energy Saving Trust. “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 U.K.”