UPS has released its 12th annual Sustainability Report, announcing that in addition to reducing overall carbon emissions in 2013, the company also met its 2016 goal of reducing its air and ground fleet’s carbon intensity by 10%, three years early.
UPS has set a new goal to achieve a 20% reduction in carbon intensity from transportation by 2020.
Commenting on the company’s approach to sustainability, UPS Chairman and CEO, Scott Davis, said: "As a global logistics company dependent on vehicles and fuel to move nearly 17 million packages and documents a day, sustainability and growth are inextricably linked.
"Our ability to grow our global shipping volumes and reduce total carbon emissions should be a signal to business that it is possible to do more for the environment while also serving more customers and adding more value."
For the second year in a row, successful execution of UPS's global GHG reduction strategy allowed the company to deliver more goods, while generating fewer emissions. In 2013, absolute carbon emissions decreased 1.5% from 2012, even as global shipping volume increased 3.9% during that time.
UPS driver, Joseph McGinn, fuels LNG vehicle. UPS plans to purchase approximately 700 additional LNG vehicles and build four refueling stations by the end of 2014.
UPS's current 3647 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide continue to drive GHG reductions and serve as a "rolling laboratory" to test, optimise and deploy new-generation vehicles.
In 2013, UPS ramped up use of cleaner-burning natural gas vehicles across the country, adding 249 heavy-duty tractors fuelled by LNG. The company is on target to deploy more than 1000 LNG tractors by the end of 2014. Additionally, UPS's current natural gas tractor fleet is running more than 2 million miles per week.
In 2013, UPS's alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide logged 55 million miles and avoided the use of 5.8 million gallons of conventional gasoline and diesel.
The complete report is available at the company's new sustainability website.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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