Company Avoids Driving 102 million kilometres in 2010
ATLANTA, July 28, 2011 - UPS (NYSE-UPS) today released the
latest edition of its annual Sustainability Report, disclosing it had once again
managed to reduce the amount of fuel it's using to deliver each package in the
UPS's U.S. package volume rose 1.8 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, but it
reduced the amount of fuel consumed per package by 3.3 percent. The
company attributed the improvement to deploying the right vehicle on the right
routes, using technology to minimize the miles driven and focusing on how
behaviour can affect fuel use.
All told, technology enabled UPS to avoid driving more than 102 million
kilometres in 2010 with an associated emissions avoidance of 68,000 metric
tonnes. That distance is the equivalent of 251,987 trips to the International
"Fuel represents not only a major cost factor for UPS but also a major source
of emissions that impact the environment. It makes sense for UPS to report
extensively on how the company is doing its best to lower its net fuel use,"
said Scott Wicker, UPS chief sustainability officer.
The new report, found at www.ups.com/sustainability,
spotlights key ways that UPS technology has reduced fuel consumption:
- Routing technology, which enabled UPS to reduce the kilometres flown and
- Loading optimisation so that more packages are being delivered with fewer
vehicles on the road.
- Telematics, which provides data on how a vehicle performs mechanically as
well as on a driver's route and behaviour behind the wheel. Telematics
saved 15.4 million minutes of engine idling time in 2010.
"The data we gather from Telematics enables us to make small adjustments with
big payoffs," said Wicker. "For example, one of our metrics is 'stops per
mile,' which measures our ability to deliver more packages with fewer engine
restarts. Increasing the number of stops per mile by just 0.01 percent in 2010
was the equivalent of not driving 14.7 million kilometres."
In this year's report, UPS has increased its reporting in several areas.
Water usage, Scope 3 emissions, the financial value of in-kind transportation
donations to charity, details about carbon offset purchases and the company's
long-term "decarbonisation" strategy all are detailed. UPS also becomes
the first U.S. corporation to use a major accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche
LLP, to "assure" its sustainability report. The report also was reviewed
by the Global Reporting Initiative.
Other highlights include:
- UPS's alternative fuel/advanced technology vehicle fleet topped 320 million
kilometres driven since 2000.
- More than 5,289 employees now are included in the UPS Circle of Honor, which
recognizes drivers who have driven for 25 years without an avoidable
accident. Collectively these drivers have driven 8 billion kilometres, the
equivalent of circling the earth 188,000 times.
- Total charitable contributions reached $97.1 million in 2010.
- Employees logged 1.2 million volunteer hours in 2010.
- UPS's greenhouse gas inventory (direct and indirect) was verified and
certified by third-parties for the first time.
"This sustainability report outlines how UPS supports social, environmental
and economic value not only today but for the foreseeable future," added UPS
Chairman and CEO Scott Davis.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of
solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation
of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more
efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS
serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can
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