UPS has goals for reducing fuel use and emissions. How is it doing?

According to its own website, UPS operates some 94,542 ground vehicles worldwide. The company's fleet strategy is to be on the forefront of developing next-gen delivery vehicles that leverage alternative fuel technology and cut back on consumption and emissions. Recent examples of the company's foray into alt-tech include its trials of hydraulic hybrid and hybrid-electric brown delivery trucks.

So, how is the company doing in this regard? Eh, so-so. According to its own data, UPS used a bit more fuel in 2006 than it did the prior year. Considering its huge vehicle fleet, miles driven and packages delivered, though, the difference seems small. Still, it wasn't an improvement by any measure.

How about emissions? The company's stated goal is to "decrease total CO2 emissions produced by our operations" as new, fuel-efficient technologies become available. In the short term, the focus is on reducing emissions per package delivered. In this area, UPS again showed no improvement from 2005 to 2006. Instead, it states that CO2 emissions increased by 6.6% as a result of growth in both ground and air delivery volume.

Through it all, however, it really does appear that UPS is genuinely trying to improve. It only makes sense that it would want to reduce the amount of fuel it's using, because that saves money. Over time, by burning less fuel and replacing its fleet with newer vehicles sporting improved emissions equipment, the company's fleet CO2 output should improve as well. We'll just have to keep our eyes on UPS' progress and see if it meets its goals for this year. What can brown do for us?

[Source: UPS]

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