Sustainability of rental

Renting equipment is an environmentally sound option compared to everyone buying and owning their own.

It lessens harmful emissions, reduces the quantity of equipment needed and is more energy efficient than owning a piece of equipment.

The ERA believes that sustainability is part of today’s challenges and encourages the whole industry to conduct business in a sustainable and ethical manner, recognizing that we all have a responsibility to be aware of our social, economic and environmental impact, as well as the consumers to adopt more sustainable ways of working.

The ERA supports the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, , and believes that following these principles will lead to a more sustainable rental industry.

Many rental companies go beyond what the law or public procurement regulations require by subscribing to international standards such as ISO 14001 (environment management systems) or OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety) or by implementing their own CSR policies relating to all aspects of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

In order to support rental companies willing to implement CSR policies, the ERA has drafted the document, Sustainability in the Rental Industry, which aims at supporting rental companies wishing to draft their CSR policies and to consider sustainability in their daily business operations.

Download the ERA Sustainability Report

ERA Sustainability online brochure
In December 2015, the Sustainability Committee launched the ERA Sustainability Online Brochure, highlighting the benefits of equipment rental to sustainability. It is available online in seven languages – English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Polish, at
It explores how rental companies are increasingly seeing sustainability performance as a means to increase customer value. Furthermore, companies are introducing a range of initiatives, to both increase this customer value and to distinguish themselves in the market.
The ERA’s Online Sustainability Brochure is an online tool containing research into rental companies, with a focus on the sustainable practices and initiatives in the industry. It is dedicated to three categories of readers: the rental companies, the customers of the rental companies and the other stakeholders including European and national institutions, NGOs and universities.
The Online Sustainability Brochure offers each European rental company the possibility of submitting their best practices. If a best practice is selected, it will appear in the next version of the brochure.