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Credentials for UPS carbon neutral

UPS and the Environment

At UPS, addressing climate change is important. For UPS carbon neutral, we've partnered with world-renowned third-party verification and certification organisations to help validate the effectiveness of this service. The involvement of these organisations acts as a mark of quality and credibility for our carbon neutral shipping options.

Société Générale de Surveillance

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Our carbon neutral shipping is verified by Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), an inspection, testing and verification company. This means that you can have confidence in UPS carbon neutral to mitigate the climate impact of your shipment. SGS's verification programmes respect worldwide standards.

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The CarbonNeutral Company

The CarbonNeutral Company

Additionally, the UPS carbon neutral process is certified by The CarbonNeutral Company. This certification is given to organisations whose CO2 emissions have been measured and reduced to net zero in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.


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Our Methods

UPS has developed a proprietary process, aligned with our United States service offering, which calculates the emissions generated by our operations. Outside of the U.S., the methodology we use is based on weight and distance, and GHG Protocal emissions factors. These methodologies--verified by SGS and certified by The CarbonNeutral Company--include UPS small package, ground freight, air and ocean forwarding. They address the following emissions sources:

Scope 1: Direct emissions from combustion of fuel in UPS-operated ground vehicle fleet; combustion of fuel in UPS operated aircraft, stationary sources associated with UPS-controlled facilities globally
Scope 2: Indirect emissions associated with purchased electricity in UPS-controlled facilities globally
Scope 3: Combustion of fuel in ocean, air, rail, and ground transportation, operated by third parties in providing delivery services to UPS

Our methodology allows us to offer a carbon neutral option. We calculate the carbon impact of all shipments sent using UPS carbon neutral, based on our own UPS-specific verified and certified methodology.

Our calculations are based on detailed knowledge of the UPS network and operations--knowledge that only UPS can provide. These steps ensure that our calculation method is accurate:

  • Start with an accurate company emissions inventory.
  • Consider each mode of transport.
  • Include Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, in a manner verified by SGS.
  • Use an accurate "true-up" calculation from the same year the shipments occurred.