Submitted by: UPS
Posted: Jul 26, 2010 – 10:00 AM EST
ATLANTA, Jul. 26 /CSRwire/ - UPS (NYSE:UPS) has set a new automotive goal to improve the miles per gallon (MPG) performance of its entire U.S. package delivery fleet by 20 percent between 2000 and 2020.
The goal was announced today as UPS released the latest annual update of its corporate Sustainability Report, available at http://ups.com/sustainability.
The new goal builds on gains UPS already has made by increasing its U.S. MPG 10% between 2000 and 2009 and applies to a U.S. ground fleet of 60,000 vehicles.
"Our automotive efficiencies over the last decade show a genuine commitment to conserving fuel and decreasing the emissions associated with the packages we deliver," said Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice president and the executive responsible for UPS's sustainability program. "This new goal for the next decade is an important milestone in UPS's continuing dedication to finding and using new technology and processes that help us meet our customers' needs in a sustainable way."
For example in 2009, UPS drivers logged 77.3 million more miles than in 2000, yet fuel consumption decreased by 3.2 million gallons. Fuel efficiency levels were improved through improved vehicle technology, effective vehicle maintenance procedures, fuel conservation efforts, sophisticated routing technology and operational initiatives such as minimizing engine idling. Alternative fuel technology and vehicle deployments also improve UPS's fuel efficiency.
The automotive goal complements UPS's announcement last year that it will improve the carbon efficiency (CO2/ATM) of its airline by an additional 20% by 2020, for a cumulative reduction of 42 percent since 1990. The airline represents 53% of the company's global carbon footprint.
Also in the new Sustainability Report, UPS announced its 2009 achievements and objectives:
The new report also outlines the company's continued efforts to be increasingly transparent and accountable, using hard data to guide the company in setting tougher goals and increasing third-party engagement to enhance credibility. For the first time, the UPS Sustainability Report has been assured by Deloitte & Touche LLP and checked by the Global Reporting Initiative.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 215 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at www.blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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