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UPS wins Climate Leader award from EPA

Posted: February 26, 2015

ATLANTA, GA- Trucking, parcel and logistics service provider UPS has won a Climate Leadership award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

UPS won the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management “Goal Achievement Award” for reporting publicly, verifying organization-wide GHG inventories and achieving publicly-set aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

The award is co-sponsored by the EPA and three non-governmental organizations: the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry.

In recent years, UPS increased its commitment to GHG reduction.

The company reached its goal of reducing carbon intensity from transportation by 10 percent in 2013, three years ahead of the planned 2016 target date, according to the company.

In 2013, absolute carbon emissions decreased 1.5 percent from 2012, even as global shipping volume increased 3.9 percent during the same time frame. As a result, UPS set a new goal to achieve a 20-percent reduction in carbon intensity from transportation by 2020.

Running more than 3,000 vehicles of all sizes -34 percent of them are propane powered, UPS Canada operates what it calls a “rolling laboratory.”

“Here’s how we define our rolling laboratory approach: We test and deploy a variety of vehicle types, matched to the terrain and delivery conditions at each location,” said Mike Britt, director of maintenance and engineering, international operations, ground fleet for UPS. “This approach helps UPS continuously integrate new technologies and operational efficiencies in our large, global delivery fleet.”

Big Brown has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 40 million liters of gasoline and diesel over the last 10 years.

At last count, UPS was running more than 3,150 alternative-fuel and advanced technology vehicles in nine different countries.

Earlier last year, UPS distilled its fuel-saving philosophies with Today’s Trucking Editor Peter Carter. You can read the full story here.

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