UPS hits the gas on greener delivery truck fleet


By Lisa Baertlein

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Starting next year, there will be a lot more "green" in these brown UPS delivery trucks.

United Parcel Service Inc. announced Wednesday its intention to purchase more than 6,000 natural gas trucks over three years and increase its purchases of renewable natural gas as part of a new investment of 450 millions of dollars to reduce the environmental impact of its 123,000 fleet vehicles.

The latest initiative by the world's largest parcel delivery company comes as utility companies, investors and others seek to expand the use of GNA – derived from decomposing organic matter, such as manure cow on dairy farms, leftover food in landfills and human waste in water treatment plants – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GNR and natural gas from fossil fuels are both methane and can be used interchangeably. Vehicles running on natural gas are less polluting than those running on unleaded gasoline or diesel, but the GNR has the added benefit of replacing fossil fuels and preventing methane from entering the environment. natural origin – a powerful greenhouse gas – to be released into the environment.

The latest UPS effort "allows for the seamless integration into the fleet of a truly renewable organic fuel source," Mike Whitlatch, vice president of energy and utilities, told Reuters on Wednesday. Worldwide purchases of UPS.

UPS plans to use 31.9 million gallon equivalents of gasoline (GNI) this year. This month, the group has agreed to buy 230 million GNAs from GNA over the next seven years, a commitment that, according to UPS, makes it the largest user of RNG in the transportation sector.

"We are providing one large user to help with risk reduction projects (RNGs)," Whitlatch told UPS.

The purchase of new vehicles from the Atlanta-based company will begin next year and will be in addition to the 10,000 or so alternative fuel delivery vehicles or advanced technology vehicles already in use by UPS.

Hexagon Composites' Agility Fuel Solutions (Norway) will equip Brown's new brown delivery trucks, semi-trailers and brown end tractors to run on natural gas.

The UPS customer and rival Amazon.com Inc. pledged last month to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian Automotive LLC and send them on the road by 2024. Delivery Partners Amazon independents currently use about 30,000 conventional fuel vans.

The UPS fleet of aircraft and trucks generated 14.6 million metric tons of CO2e, a standard unit of carbon footprint measurement, while carrying 5.2 billion parcels in 2018.

Amazon, which has not yet released data on its carbon footprint, announced last month that it would be carbon neutral by 2040.

(Report by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles, edited by Matthew Lewis)

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