UPS bets on alternative fuels to cut global ground emissions by 12%

PERC/UPS Gainsville, GA

PERC/UPS Gainsville, GA

UPS announced aggressive new sustainability objectives to add more vehicles powered by alternative fuels, including Autogas, to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources. The goals, available in the company’s 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report, support UPS’s commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12% by 2025, a goal developed using a methodology approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

By 2020 UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16% in 2016. The company also set a new goal that by 2025, 40% of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6% in 2016. “Because of our size and scale, we know our commitments can shape markets, advance technologies and be a catalyst for infrastructure investments,” said David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO.

UPS operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide. The company’s fleet includes Autogas, CNG, LNG, electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, and lightweight fuel-saving composite body vehicles.

“In 2016, 16% of our new vehicles purchased — more than 1,250 vehicles — were either alternative fuel or advanced technology. This included 360 Autogas vehicles,” says the report. For more information, please visit this link.