Traveling: Rental Cars, Cruises & Trains
Whether on the open road, the high seas or the rails, travelers are enjoying their journey while lowering their environmental impact.
Major cruise lines are charting a path towards climate-friendly voyages with investments in alternative fuels and ambitious targets to reduce carbon intensity. Rental car companies are providing more electric vehicle options and proactively working with public and private sector partners to address the biggest barriers to EV adoption. Travelers are lowering their emissions by riding on diesel-electric trains powered by clean biodiesel.
- Reduced emissions by over 400,000 metric tons of CO2e over the last decade, equivalent to the energy consumed to power more than 50,000 homes for one year. Through several key initiatives like energy efficiency upgrades, obtaining almost half its electricity from carbon-free sources, and more fuel-efficient locomotives, Amtrak has reduced fuel and energy use year-over-year.
- Set a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, with an interim target to reduce emissions 40% by 2030. Amtrak is poised to play a leading role in the modal shift to rail in support of global efforts to reduce GHG emissions.
Avis Budget Group
- Offers corporate customer carbon-offset credits to make their car rental programs carbon neutral via partnerships with NextEra Energy Resources. The company also offers calculations of GHG emissions for corporate clients
- Partnering with Uber to help drivers transition to zero-emission vehicles. The company is also increasing fuel efficiency via an optimization system for fleets and has set a goal to reduce GHG emission 30% by 2030.
- On track to realize carbon-free rides. Brightline’s diesel-electric locomotives run on clean biodiesel and help to remove 3 million cars from roads each year. Brightline’s stations feature FPL SolarNow Solar Trees, which provide shade while generating emissions-free energy for things like electric vehicle chargers.
- Holland America Cruise Line is the first cruise line certified sustainable for Alaska seafood by Responsible Fisheries Management.
- Achieved goal of reducing single-use plastic items by 50%, and reduced food waste by 24% per person in 2021.
- Investing in a first-of-its-kind lithium-ion battery storage system, installing hull air lubrication systems, testing fuel cells powered by hydrogen derived from methanol and exploring carbon capture and storage.
Cruise Lines International Association
- CLIA members are charting a course to net-zero globally by 2050. Cruise lines are utilizing LNG now as a transitional fuel and are exploring sustainable marine fuels, including biodiesel, methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, and electric batteries. Cruise lines continue to make significant investments in shoreside electricity.
- Established in 2007 with a gift from the Taylor family, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center supports research to develop and advance the next generation of alternative fuels and clean technologies.
- Actively engaging in supporting the electrification ecosystem and long-term viability of EV fleets through infrastructure investments and partnership collaboration. In FY22, Enterprise Holdings reduced more than 800 million pounds of carbon emissions through its rideshare program.
- Has invested an estimated $150 million over the last decade to improve energy and water efficiency at new and existing corporate facilities, neighborhood branches and airport locations.
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Hertz Corporation
- Assists corporate customers in meeting climate disclosure obligations and supports their decarbonization strategies by providing account-level greenhouse gas emission reports. This information also helps customers develop roadmaps to achieve their emissions reduction targets. Hertz supports efforts to implement sustainable travel policies with tens of thousands of EVs available for rent at more than 750 Hertz locations across 38 states.
- Assembling a diverse fleet of EVs at a range of price points adding charging capacity to its locations, and supporting new public charging infrastructure through partnerships with major energy companies. Hertz Electrifies, a new public-private partnership, aims to bring EVs and charging to U.S. cities, create educational and training opportunities for high-quality jobs, and engage with local organizations to extend the benefits of electrification to underserved communities.