Release Date: 04 October 2016
Release ID: 5978
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented UPS® (NYSE:UPS) with the SmartWay Excellence award which recognizes outstanding environmental performance and leadership.
“For two years in a row, the EPA has recognized UPS’s efforts to be more efficient and reduce our environmental impact across the nation and the globe,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president, global engineering and sustainability. “UPS strives to improve our business while operating in the most sustainable way possible. We appreciate that the EPA recognizes the importance of these efforts.”
UPS was one of 53 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s more than 3,500 partners. UPS was acknowledged for its work to innovate with alternative fuels and advanced technologies, its sustainable approach for its operational practices, and, its transparency for reporting SmartWay data to achieve its emissions reductions. UPS operates one of the largest alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets in the U.S.
“As the SmartWay program completes its 12th year, EPA recognizes its top Carrier Partners for their commitment to an efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation supply chain,” said Christopher Grundler, EPA’s Office Director of Transportation & Air Quality. “We all depend on the freight sector, and these award-winning SmartWay carriers have demonstrated that it is possible to compete in this space while placing an emphasis on environmental integrity, allowing for reduced fuel costs which increase revenue while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”
The UPS alternative fuel fleet includes hydraulic hybrid, all-electric, hybrid electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane and light-weight fuel-saving composite body 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. Using its “Rolling Laboratory” approach, UPS deploys more than 7,200 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its specialized fleet in August 2016.
Over the past year, UPS has also been recognized for its ongoing sustainability efforts with various distinctions, including:
named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the fourth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 12th straight year;
achieved a score of 100% on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for the second consecutive year, and, was named on the S&P 500 CDLI for the 5th straight year;
chosen as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute for the tenth year in a row;
named to the “Civic 50” by Points of Light for being one of the most community-minded companies in the nation for the third time; and,
selected by CR Magazine as one of “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for the seventh consecutive year.
For more information on UPS's sustainability initiatives, please visit www.ups.com/sustainability.
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