The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this week presented UPS with a SmartWay Excellence award, which recognizes leading carriers who have made significant contributions to reducing the impact of freight transportation on air quality.
“UPS is committed to delivering goods to people in the most sustainable way possible,” said Tamara Barker, chief sustainability officer, vice president of environmental affairs and domestic plant engineering at UPS. “We are honored to be recognized by the EPA for our accomplishments and look forward to continuing our work to create smarter and cleaner communities.”
UPS was one of 40 companies to receive this distinction, and was acknowledged for its commitment to using alternative fuels and advanced technologies to improve transportation and operations sustainability, as well as for its transparency in reporting SmartWay data on emissions reductions. UPS operates one of the largest alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets in the U.S. Using its “Rolling Laboratory” approach, UPS deploys approximately 9,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide, including all electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane vehicles. In addition to its use of alternative vehicles, UPS uses millions of gallons of lower carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet each year.
The EPA’s SmartWay program was launched in 2004 as a voluntary public private program to help companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and improving freight transportation efficiency. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 103 million metric tons of harmful air pollution, while saving more than 215 million barrels of oil and $29.7 billion in fuel costs.
For more information on UPS's sustainability initiatives, please visit www.ups.com/sustainability