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FedEx makes plans to slash emissions, improve efficiency by 2020

MEMPHIS, Tenn. FedEx Corp. plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its FedEx Express aircraft fleet by 20% and improve the fuel efficiency of its FedEx Express vehicle fleet by 20% by 2020. The ambitious new goals were outlined in the FedEx 2008 Global Citizenship Report released last week.


Since 2005, FedEx has reduced aircraft carbon dioxide emissions by 3.7% per available tonne mile and improved FedEx Express vehicle fuel efficiency by 13.7%, reducing vehicle carbon emissions by almost one billion pounds.


“FedEx recognizes that one of the most responsible steps we and the industrial sector can take for our businesses, society and the environment is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels,” said FedEx president Frederick W. Smith. “Our role is to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways. The world faces big challenges, and we believe that collective, sustained efforts can create greater possibilities for people, businesses and nations worldwide.”


FedEx continues to make significant progress toward achieving its fuel efficiency goals by investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft, vehicles and facilities including its 170-vehicle fleet of commercial hybrid electric trucks and replacing its narrow-body Boeing 727 aircraft with Boeing 757 planes that reduce fuel consumption by 36% while providing 20% more payload capacity. The company is also working to acquire Boeing 777 aircraft that provide greater payload capacity and use 18% less fuel on average than the MD-11 aircraft currently in operation. These aircraft replacements will also significantly reduce carbon emissions, FedEx officials say.


FedEx Express has also worked to optimize its delivery routes to ensure that the most efficiently-sized vehicle is used on each route. As a result of these efforts, more than one-fourth of the FedEx Express fleet has been converted to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, saving more than 45 million gallons of fuel in the past three years, the company says.


FedEx Express employees are increasing jet fuel efficiency and reducing jet fuel emissions during operations with more than 30 initiatives that range from improvements in flight planning to aircraft operation efficiencies.


FedEx is also reducing the amount of fuel it uses when a plane is at the gate by using ground power instead of aircraft power, saving almost one million gallons of fuel per month, according to the company.


FedEx Express and FedEx Freight operate three solar-powered facilities in California (Oakland, Whittier and Fontana) which eliminates almost three million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year, officials say. FedEx Express recently broke ground for its largest solar-powered hub to date. The Cologne, Germany hub installation, which is expected to be completed in 2010, will include a 1.4-megawatt (MW) solar power system and is expected to generate approximately 1.3 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 370 households.


These efficiency and emission reduction goals and results were only one component of the FedEx 2008 Global Citizenship Report, which outlines the FedEx commitment to its team members, customers, shareowners and the communities it serves. In concert with the release of the report, FedEx launched The FedEx Citizenship Blog at The blog is designed to give a transparent view behind the scenes at FedEx, featuring FedEx executives and team members describing how they carry out FedEx’s 35-year pledge to be a good corporate citizen and allow stakeholders to engage in a dialogue with FedEx on these important issues.


The FedEx Global Citizenship Report and blog highlight fiscal year 2008 milestones and fiscal year 2009 objectives in five key areas:Economics and Access, Environment and Efficiency, Community and Disaster Relief,  People and Workplace, and Governance.