As part of its Living Journey strategy, the Hertz Corp. has published its 2012 Sustainability Report. The report highlights results and achievements of the company's integration of sustainability best practices across its global operations, says Hertz.
"Sustainability is part of our daily life at Hertz — it's become a business management tool, as well as a mechanism to protect the environment and provide community benefits," said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz chairman and chief executive officer. "… Our sustainability efforts, as seen through Living Journey, will provide value to our stakeholders and help ensure the long-term health and productivity of the customers and communities we serve."
Launched last year, Living Journey (http://www.hertzlivingjourney.com) includes Hertz's sustainability initiatives and plans for the future. This strategy includes a focused commitment to smart mobility, environment, community outreach as well as the company’s overall corporate commitment and best practices, says Hertz.
Hertz's 2012 Sustainability Report highlights the following achievements:
Fleet: For travelers, 74% of Hertz's car rental fleet averages 28+ mpg and the company's Green Traveler Collection features low emission and fuel efficient vehicles that average better than 48+ mpg. This collection includes a range of hybrids, electric, CNG and clean diesel vehicles. Additionally, Hertz is exploring a range of cars and buses that use alternative fuels and technologies for airport transportation.
Facilities: In addition to energy-efficient improvements and recycling at its global facilities, Hertz applies U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards for new construction projects and will certify select sites. In 2012, energy efficiency upgrades saved almost 4 million kWh and 2,791 metric tons of carbon dioxide, and Hertz's solar panel systems produced more than 2.5 million kWh of electricity annually — enough to power 217 homes for a year.
Recycling: In 2012, Hertz U.S. operations recycled more than 5.2 million pounds of office paper, saving the equivalent of 18.5 million gallons of water and 45,000 trees. Hertz's New Jersey headquarters increased recycling by 50% and reduced waste disposal costs by 65%. And Hertz’s cafeterias recycle a variety of paper and plastic.
According to the company, Hertz has been recognized for its sustainability achievements including Zagat's "Best Green Options," Global Business Travel Association's "Sustainable Innovation Award" and Fleet News UK's "Environmental Award."
To read the full 2012 Living Journey Sustainability Report, visit: http://www.hertzlivingjourney.com/Content/Downloads/green_initiatives_2012.pdf