In 2012, global logistics company UPS set a goal to drive 1 billion miles using alternative fuels by the end of 2017. The company has more than 7,200 alt-fuel vehicles, including vehicles fueled by Compressed (CNG) and Liquefied (LNG) natural gas, all contributing to that 1 billion target being smashed now, more than 12 months early.
UPS’s long-term commitment to sustainability is transforming commercial transportation and logistics, spurring growth in the clean fuels market and powering critical engineering advances.
“We had a big sustainability goal as we set out to make the most of our rolling laboratory by driving 1 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. “With more than 100,000 drivers logging more than 3 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.”
Today, about 12 percent 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. “After more than a decade of focus, we are now driving more than 1 million miles globally each business day in our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet,” ” said Mike Whitlatch, UPS’s vice president of global energy and procurement.
UPS has adopted a ‘Rolling Lab’ approach to determine what works best in each situation. The company explains long term consistent commitment at the highest level is needed, together with a willingness to be flexible, negotiable, communicative and generous. Sharing progress and learnings with key stakeholders and partnering with alternative fuel and technology developers, non-profits, government agencies and industry trade groups have been critical to the Rolling Laboratory’s success.
By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009. That continued investment, combined with supportive government policies, and a collaborative set of partners has helped to expand development and utilization of alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure throughout the world.
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