The Mediterranean Cities Conference and Enterprise’s Role in EV Adoption
By Greg Tabak
In my role at Enterprise, I get to work with our branch offices, corporate customers and municipalities to develop a wide range of transportation solutions. Recently, more and more of that work has involved the integration of car sharing and alternative-powered vehicles in our business.
You know from Lee’s past blog posts about other elements of our sustainability commitment. We’ve invested in alternative fuels, as evidenced by our migration to bio-diesel powered shuttle buses, and we’ve voiced our views on the sustainable advancement of the passenger vehicle. But the work I do in helping introduce new vehicle technology to our customers is one of the most important steps we’re taking to create a sustainable future for our company and for the car rental business .
That’s why last month I participated in the Mediterranean City Conference, which brought together scientists, business leaders, policy-makers and others to discuss sustainability issues related to climate change in the world’s five Mediterranean-climate zones – which stretch from parts of Australia to Central and Southern California and the Mexican state of Baja California, from Central Chile to South Africa and the Mediterranean Basin.
The event was held in Los Angeles, and brought together representatives from the private and public to discuss what individuals, businesses and municipalities can do to create and maintain a more sustainable ecosystem. Enterprise was invited to participate in the conference group that focused on transitioning to an energy-efficient and low carbon future. As the owner of the world’s largest fleet of passenger vehicles, it’s essential that we utilize our neighborhood network of more than 5,500 Enterprise Rent-A-Car offices to drive adoption of alternative fuel vehicles. Some recent examples I was able to share included Enterprise’s deployment of hybrid and electric vehicles. Because of our local presence in so many places, we are in a unique position to engage the general public – as well as business and community leaders – and encourage them to explore new vehicle technologies through the rental experience.
It’s just one example of how we’re striving to make business decisions that not only decrease our own carbon footprint, but enable our customers to decrease their environmental impact as well. We’re proud to do our part – and help them do their part – in making transportation more sustainable.
We’ll keep you posted about future events.
Greg Tabak is the director of business rental for Enterprise in Southern California