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UPS meets goal of driving one billion miles in alternative fuel fleet


MISSISSAUGA, Ont.– UPS announced the company has achieved its goal of driving one billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, and marked more than 10 years of learning from its “Rolling Laboratory.”

The company detailed its wider sustainability progress in its 14th annual Sustainability Report, released August 4.

“We had a big sustainability goal as we set out to make the most of our Rolling Laboratory by driving one billion clean miles in alternative fuel vehicles – that’s the equivalent of well over 4,000 trips to the moon,” said David Abney, Chairman and CEO, UPS.

“While attaining this goal is new, our commitment to seeking out alternative fuels actually dates back to the 1930s when UPS tested electric vehicles. With more than 100,000 drivers logging more than three billion miles per year, our future depends on our ability to meet the growing demand for global trade while reducing our impact on the environment.”

UPS said it deepened its commitment to alternative fuels in 2012, when it set the goal of reaching one billion miles driven with alternative fuels by the end of 2017. Shattering that goal one year early, about 12 per cent of the conventional diesel and gasoline fuel previously used by UPS’s ground fleet is now being replaced by alternative fuels including renewable natural gas and renewable diesel, the company said.

“The question wasn’t should we make alternative fuels work?” said Mike Whitlatch, vice-president of global energy and procurement, UPS. “Instead, it was ‘What’s the best way to make alternative fuels work for UPS, and for the environment?’ After more than a decade of focus, we are now driving more than one million miles globally each business day in our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.”

Recognizing alternative fuels and advanced technologies each have unique advantages depending on the routes and geographies in which they are used, UPS deploys the more than 7,200 vehicles in the Rolling Laboratory to determine what works best in each situation.

“Many congested cities around the world are implementing zero tailpipe emissions zones, and UPS is keeping ahead of the curve by investing in advanced technologies and creating the commercial delivery fleet of the future,” said Abney.


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