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UPS Expands Largest Global Green Fleet


Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a $42.6 billion corporation by focusing on the enabling commerce around the globe. UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds.

Today UPS, or United Parcel Service Inc., is a global company based in Atlanta Georgia, with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. As the largest express carrier and package delivery company in the world, UPS is also a leading provider of specialized transportation, logistics, capital, and e-commerce services.

The Canadian Headquarters, in Mississauga, Ontario was established in 1975 and employs about 6,500 people. With 1,043 points of access (drop-off boxes, shipping centres, retail stores and authorized shipping outlets) and a fleet of 2,521 delivery vehicles, UPS Canada services every address across the country as well as to the US and more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.


UPS Canada announced in February 2008 that it would be rolling out 139 additional cleaner-burning, propane delivery trucks. The majority of these vehicles will be deployed in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta and the rest distributed between British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The propane vehicles joined roughly 600 propane trucks already operating in Canada. With the addition of these vehicles, more than a third of UPS Canada's 2,000 package delivery vehicles will be running on low-carbon fuel.

In the 1980s, the propane trucks currently in UPS Canada's fleet were converted from gasoline and diesel to run on alternative fuels. The new trucks are now originally manufactured for alternative fuel use. The UPS propane vehicles will run on propane provided at eight on-site fuelling stations at UPS facilities in Canada.

UPS began deploying alternative fuel vehicles in the 1930s with a fleet of electric trucks that operated in New York City. Since 2000 alone, the company's "green fleet" has traveled 202 million kilometres.

Benefits Realized:

The 139 new propane trucks are expected to reduce UPS's carbon dioxide emissions by a total of 254 metric tonnes per year, the equivalent weight of 80 UPS trucks. This would be a 35 per cent improvement compared to conventional gas engines. Additionally, particulate matter emitted from vehicles will be virtually eliminated.

The newly added propane-powered vehicles feature the latest technology in clean-burning propane engines. Propane vehicles emit about one-third fewer reactive organic gases than gasoline-fuelled vehicles. Nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions are 20 per cent and 60 per cent less, respectively, than conventional vehicles.

UPS's global alternative-fuel fleet now stands at 1,629 vehicles – the largest such private fleet in the transportation industry - and includes compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane and electric and hybrid electric vehicles. UPS is also working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a hydraulic hybrid delivery vehicle.

While continuing to develop its alternative fuel fleet, UPS has already invested more than $15 million in the effort, the company has also purchased and is operating nearly 20,000 low-emission conventional vehicles. These vehicles have regular gas and diesel-powered engines but employ the very latest technology and manufacturing techniques to reduce emissions as much as possible.

UPS pursues a wide range of socially responsible and sustainable business practices designed to reduce impact on the environment and improve communities around the world. UPS is included in the Dow Jones and FTSE4Good Sustainability Indexes, which evaluate corporations based on economic, environmental and social criteria.