ATLANTA, Ga. — UPS has announced it is hoping to improve the fuel efficiency of its package delivery fleet by 20% between 2000 and 2020.
It’s already well underway, the company claims, having reduced its fuel consumption by 3.2 million gallons in 2009 despite logging 77.3 million more miles than in 2000.
It accomplished the reduction thanks to improved vehicle technology, effective maintenance procedures, fuel-conservation efforts and by implementing sophisticated routing technology, the company says.
UPS has also integrated alternative fuel vehicles into its delivery fleet, which in the US is comprised of 60,000 vehicles.
“Our automotive efficiencies over the last decade show a genuine commitment to conserving fuel and decreasing the emissions associated with the packages we deliver,” said Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice-president and the executive responsible for UPS’s sustainability program. “This new goal for the next decade is an important milestone in UPS’s continuing dedication to finding and using new technology and processes that help us meet our customers’ needs in a sustainable way.”
UPS has deployed nearly 2,000 alternative fuel vehicles.
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