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Carbon Reduction Strategies

Carbon Reduction

UPS has one of the most robust and detailed programs for measuring and reporting the carbon impact of our own operations, as well as that of our customers. The efficiency of our network helps us to better calculate CO2. We also maintain an impressive set of Carbon Reduction Strategies. Our strategies include:

Decarbonization Synergy for Energy and Emissions

Yes, it's a mouthful but it simply means that UPS simultaneously pursues multiple strategies for carbon avoidance in a way that makes each strategy stronger and more effective than it would be on its own.

  • Modal shifting - use of the most fuel efficient transport mode or combination of modes to meet service requirements.
  • Network efficiencies - ability to handle express, ground, domestic, international, commercial, and residential shipments through one integrated pickup and delivery system.
  • Air fleet efficiencies - as you might imagine, this is our most energy intensive mode of transport and makes up the largest portion of our carbon footprint. We continually measure and manage this environmental impact by operating one of the youngest and most fuel efficient air fleets in the package delivery sector. We also maintain lower flight speeds; computer-optimized flight plans; computer-managed aircraft gate departures, and arrivals and taxi times; fuel efficient bio-diesel towing tugs; environmentally-friendly paint that reduces drag; and cleaner engines.
  • Ground fleet efficiencies - to maintain efficiency on the ground we use a variety of strategies like telematics, a set of technologies innovated by UPS to monitor vehicle performance; mile-reduction plans; and testing and implementation of alternative technology vehicles like our composite car.
  • Integration of technological and human factors - UPS won regulatory approval for our pilots to fly more efficiently, leading to reduced engine emissions.

Continuous Innovation

UPS continually makes improvements in technology, systems and processes, and workforce skills development:

  • Telematics in our delivery and freight vehicles
  • Package routing technology
  • Advanced technology vehicles in our delivery and freight fleets
  • Next generation systems of our air fleet
  • Design and automation of warehouses and air hubs to increase fuel efficiency of the facilities and the vehicles that use them
  • Investment in leading-edge IT tools

Engagement with World-Class Organizations

UPS is highly engaged with the world's leading organizations for climate change and resource conservation:

  • World Resource Institute (WRI)
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition
  • U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA)

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