UPS is on track to achieve some pretty ambitious sustainability goals. How are they doing it? Amongst other things, they've taken to the skies.
For a company that's so well known for its trucks, it might be surprising that in 2009 UPS's airline fleet was the largest contributor to its overall CO2 emissions (53%). For this reason, UPS has long made air fleet efficiency improvement a part of their strategic planning.
With a few seemingly simple changes (think better calculated take-offs and landings) and an always-evolving fleet, the company has been able to reduce aviation gallons burned per 100 available ton miles (2011 goals represent a 32% improvement from 1990). Simultaneously, UPS significantly cut CO2 emissions per available ton mile (UPS has achieved a 9% reduction since 2005).
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All that and UPS's comparatively young fleet (average age: 12.25 years) leads the industry in noise reduction. In fact, all of the company's 210 jet aircrafts meet 2006 noise requirements. UPS continues to invest in better service and a more environmentally efficient network to serve their growing number of customers around the world.