ESTERO, Fla., April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE: HTZ) recently earned top honors from The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and Project ICARUS in their fourth annual Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards. Hertz received the award for sustainability in the Travel Supplier category, noting that the company's work in negotiating bespoke contracts to support travel buyer carbon reduction goals stands out.
The awards recognize travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who can demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best-in-class sustainability programs, products and services across North America. Project ICARUS is a leading source of information, education and support on sustainability issues impacting the corporate travel and meeting industry, globally.
"Hertz is committed to providing sustainable transport and travel options to our customers that deliver a great experience with cost and environmental savings," said Matt Jauchius, Hertz executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "We are honored to receive this recognition from GBTA and Project ICARUS."
As part of Hertz's commitment to sustainability:
- Nearly 80 percent of the company's vehicles have a minimum fuel-efficiency rating of 28 highway miles per gallon.
- Environmental efficiency programs' efforts resulted in recycling over 2 million gallons of used oil and auto waste in 2015 and approximately 80 percent of the company's car washes use reclaimed water.
- The Hertz Living Journey sustainability program also includes mixed recycling at Hertz rental locations, as well as tire recycling, which resulted in nearly 300,000 tires diverted from landfills in 2015.
- Hertz has installed solar panel systems at 16 rental locations and corporate offices that produce over 2,270,000 kWh annually, which is enough energy to power about 208 U.S. homes for a year.
Additionally, Hertz's corporate headquarters in Estero, Florida, recently received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) sets the national standard for green building excellence, and the certification recognizes Hertz's adherence to sustainable design and practices. The Hertz headquarters' cafeteria was certified by the Green Restaurant Association as a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant®, the first of its kind in Florida and one of only three 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant® corporate cafeterias in the world.
About Hertz Global Holdings
Hertz Global Holdings operates the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly car rental brands in approximately 9,980 corporate and licensee locations throughout approximately 150 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz Global Holdings is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental company with approximately 1,635 airport locations in the U.S. and more than 1,320 airport locations internationally. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, Carfirmations, Mobile Wi-Fi and unique vehicles offered through the Adrenaline, Dream, Green and Prestige Collections set Hertz Global Holdings apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz Global Holdings owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation, operates the Hertz 24/7 hourly car rental business in international markets and sells vehicles through its Rent2Buy program. The Company also owns Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation ("HERC"), one of the largest equipment rental businesses with more than 280 locations worldwide offering a diverse line of equipment and tools for rent and sale. HERC primarily serves the construction, industrial, oil, gas, entertainment and government sectors. For more information about Hertz Global Holdings, visit: www.hertz.com.
About Project ICARUS
Project ICARUS, a GBTA Foundation initiative, is the most widely recognized and respected Corporate Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility program within the global business travel and meeting industry. This is a project led by and targeted primarily at national and international travel buyers/managers and their suppliers/intermediaries, who wish to integrate sustainability into the way they manage, run and supply travel and meetings programs. For more information, visit www.gbta.org/foundation/ICARUS.
About the GBTA Foundation
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. Collectively, GBTA's 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its growing network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts with world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media. The Foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA's members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see gbta.org and gbta.org/foundation.
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