Carbon Disclosure Project Focuses on St. Louis Sustainability
By Lee Broughton
I mentioned on @LeeBroughton last week that I was interviewed by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) research team. We discussed Enterprise’s sustainability program for a CDP case study project that featured several sustainability leaders in St. Louis, including the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Webster University and AT&T.
The case studies complement a report by the CDP called “Building a 21st Century Communications Economy.” The key takeaways: A low carbon economy benefits everyone; investing in technology and innovation will “stimulate economic growth, environmental benefits and strengthen communities.”
As a participant in this project, I was fortunate to be invited to a dinner Monday night with CDP Founder and Chairman Paul Dickinson here in St. Louis. Not only did I enjoy Paul’s company because I wasn’t the only one with a British accent in the room – but I appreciate the insight he shared from his years of sustainability work. He described CDP well with the simple statement that “We help business respond to the problems the world is facing.”
An interesting fact from Paul is that Americans spend $1.1 trillion each year moving themselves around. Yes, that’s $1.1 trillion – a lot of hard costs, not to mention the environmental impact that goes along for the ride.
I’m proud that Enterprise is playing a pivotal role in the mobility equation – getting people where they need to go in smarter, cleaner ways – from renting a more fuel-efficient vehicle to simply renting by the hour. We want to make sure that as innovation changes the way we travel – whether that’s through greater use of mass transit, an increase in walking and biking, or increasing adoption of electric vehicles – that the passenger vehicle remains acceptable to society and our business remains relevant.
That’s why we prioritize our sustainability efforts – reducing energy use, investing in alternative fuel research and acquiring electric vehicles. The steps we’ve taken are certainly not the total solution, but we’re definitely on a good path. Would love to hear your thoughts on the future of sustainable transportation.