UPS commits to bold new sustainability goals: ‘There is so much more to do’

Sustainability Article

Corporate Sustainability Report outlines new targets for alternative vehicles, fuel consumption and renewable power.

With more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles in its worldwide fleet, UPS has invested significantly in its “rolling laboratory” approach to choosing the vehicles that work best in the wide range of delivery situations the company encounters around the world. The UPS alternative fleet consists of electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewable natural gas (RNG)/biomethane, propane and lightweight fuel-saving composite body vehicles. UPS has invested more than $750 million in these alternative fuel vehicles and fueling stations since 2009.

“At UPS, we never consider our work complete and constantly push forward to find better solutions.”
  – Chief Sustainability Officer Tamara Barker

“Every business day, UPS drives 1 million miles in our fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles,” says Mark Wallace, senior vice president for global engineering and sustainability. “But for all the progress we’ve made, we know there is so much more to do. We remain committed to testing new fuels and technologies, building infrastructure to support them, scaling what works, and learning from what doesn’t.”

UPS’s commitment to sustainability innovation is expanding further. UPS recently announced that by 2020 one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel and advanced technology model, up from 16 percent in 2016.

‘We constantly push forward’

The new UPS Corporate Sustainability Report also details new targets for greenhouse gas emissions, electricity consumption and fuel purchases, as well as workforce and community goals. UPS commits to:

  • Reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent by 2025 from global ground operations. “This means that even as our delivery volume and stops increase, our overall emissions must drop,” says Tamara Barker, UPS’s chief sustainability officer.
  • Purchasing 40 percent of all ground fuel from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel by 2025.
  • Sourcing 25 percent of the electricity UPS consumes from renewable energy sources including wind and solar power by 2025.
  • Achieving 20 million volunteer hours by UPS employees by the end of 2020.
  • Donating $127 million in total charitable contributions in 2020, including humanitarian relief and community safety programs, through The UPS Foundation.

“At UPS, we never consider our work complete and constantly push forward to find better solutions,” Barker says. “That mindset gives me confidence in UPS’s ability to achieve our new goals over the next decade — no matter what curves are in the road ahead.”


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