UPS shatters goal of driving 1 billion cleaner miles

Global logistics company UPS has showed its commitment to sustainability by meeting the goal of driving one billion miles using alternative fuel – more than a year earlier than its aim. The 7,200 vehicles in its ‘Rolling Laboratory’ fleet have replaced 12% of diesel and petrol with alternative fuels, which include renewable natural gas and renewable diesel for its ground fleet.

“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 of UPS. “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.”

Luis Arriaga, managing director for UPS in the UK, said: “Whether it’s making deliveries with electric vehicles across the UK or testing deliveries with electric bicycles in London, UPS is committed to innovation and sustainability in serving its customers.”

By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fuelling stations globally since 2009.

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