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E-commerce growth requires greater network capacity in fleet expansion and facility automation, resulting in more energy use and emissions. UPS’ primary sustainability goal is to reduce carbon emissions 12% by 2025, from a 2015 base year. To achieve this, the company has three supporting goals:
- By 2020, one in every four ground vehicles that UPS purchases will be an alternative fuel vehicle.
- By 2025, 40% of the fuel consumed in ground vehicles will be alternative fuel, which will include LNG/CNG (or renewable natural gas), propane, biodiesel, renewable diesel, renewable gasoline, ethanol, electricity, or hydrogen.
- By 2025, 25% of the electricity that UPS will consume in its facilities will be sourced from renewable energy, such as solar or wind.
- From 2008 to 2018, UPS invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations. As an example of UPS’ broader sustainability commitment, in addition to preorders of over a hundred class 8 electric tractors, UPS is testing zero emissions e-bike delivery in more than 30 global markets.
- UPS’ alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles now exceed 10,000 vehicles globally.
- Using renewable fuels, UPS trucks are achieving up to a 90% reduction in life cycle greenhouse gas emissions compared with conventional diesel trucks. Since 2014:
- UPS has used 42 million gallons of renewable diesel fuels, synthesized from renewable feedstock, in its conventional diesel trucks.
- UPS has used 28 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) in its CNG or LNG powered trucks.
- In May 2019, UPS announced the largest U.S. purchase of renewable natural gas in history, a seven-year agreement to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of RNG through 2026 with annual purchases of 22.5 million to 25 million gallon equivalents. This will reduce UPS GHG emissions by more than 1 million metric tons.
- In October 2019, UPS announced plans to invest $450 million between 2020 and 2022 to buy 6,000 natural gas powered trucks, all capable of operating on renewable natural gas.
For more information visit: www.ups.com/sustainability.