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  • UPS achieved an absolute reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions from operations, and purchased less energy by 2.1% compared to 2011, even with a 2.3% increase in shipping volume.

  • In 2012, UPS’s solid waste disposal total was 130,679 tons, which included 55,419 tons being recycled. All of UPS’s express packaging incorporates high levels of post-consumer content, and The UPS Store® locations maintain an ongoing effort to encourage consumers to bring in foam packing peanuts to be reused and recycled.

  • From using water reclamation systems and dry-washing airplanes to washing vehicles only as needed instead of every day (saving 365 million gallons of water annually), UPS cut its normal water consumption in the U.S. by 27% from 2007–2011.

  • UPS operates one of the largest private alternative-fuel fleets in the industry, with more than 3,150 alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles. Additionally, the company’s use of telematics in 2013 helped reduce idling time by 254 million minutes, which is equivalent to 1.8 million gallons of fuel and 17,000 metric tons of CO2.

Working Together

UPS continues to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although UPS’s engagement with the program began in 2009, the brand continues to invest in liquefied natural gas (LNG) tractors and fueling stations through its $50 million investment in 1,000 LNG tractors and building of 9 additional fueling stations. UPS will be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit in Santa Clara, California, taking place from July 21–23. The summit brings together more than 600 members of the sports community to discuss better environmental practices and sustainability efforts in professional and collegiate sports. Given the brand’s sponsorship of the 2014 NASCAR season and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, UPS’s sponsorship of the Green Sports Alliance Summit strengthens its reputation as an environmental partner in the sports community.

The Green Advantage

UPS continues to demonstrate its relentless commitment to sustainability through diverse initiatives and sizable investments in new technologies, processes, and partnerships. Although UPS operates one of the largest private alternative-fuel fleets in its industry, with more than 3,150 vehicles, the company continues to invest heavily in renewable energy and advanced fleet technology. Last year, for example, UPS announced plans to spend approximately $68 million on LNG fueling stations to support approximately 1,000 UPS LNG tractors, which will displace more than 24 million gallons of diesel fuel each year. In addition, UPS’s ongoing investment in telematics helps the company monitor energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While UPS is gaining more recognition and credibility through its sustainably focused partnerships in the U.S., the company has an opportunity to tell a more complete story about its efforts and achievements around the globe. If UPS can sustain its commitment to renewable energy through compelling stories at home and abroad, the brand will be able to assume a commanding global leadership position in environmental responsibility, connecting with consumers and businesses alike.


UPS operates one of the largest private alternative-fuel fleets in the industry
Telematics and other technologies help reduce idling time and save fuel
UPS continues to test low-carbon transport alternatives
UPS to increase its number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations
Four electric vans join UPS’s Rotterdam, Netherlands, delivery fleet
UPS collaborates with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program
Green Sports Alliance partners with UPS