FedEx Express Canada Celebrates Earth Day With Goals to Reduce Environmental Footprint



    Local and Global Initiatives Aim to Increase Sustainability Efforts

    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Federal Express Canada Ltd. ("FedEx Express
Canada"), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:   FDX), will celebrate Earth Day by
working with PITCH-IN CANADA and Tree Canada to support programs that will
give back to communities across the country and reduce the effects of global
warming. These programs complement FedEx Corp.'s global initiatives to reduce
carbon dioxide emissions and improve fuel efficiencies of its vehicles and
aircraft.
    "At FedEx, we see things from a bird's-eye view, which gives us insight
into the impact we have on the world," said Pina Starnino, vice president,
Operations at FedEx Express Canada. "But we also look out from our front steps
and know that the work we do has a significant impact on our communities,
benefits the environment and provides a higher quality of life for all
Canadians."
    FedEx Express Canada works with PITCH-IN CANADA and Tree Canada to
support their community-based environmental projects. More than 3.5 million
volunteers participate in almost 20,000 PITCH-IN CANADA projects each year,
making it Canada's largest program to improve communities and the environment.
For the past two years, FedEx Express Canada has held a community cleanup
drive in support of PITCH-IN CANADA, which has grown to include hundreds of
FedEx Express Canada employees from across Canada.
    This year, FedEx Express Canada employees will celebrate Earth Day by
participating in the 20-Minute Makeover during PITCH-IN CANADA Week from April
20 to 26. Close to 300 FedEx Express Canada employees are expected to join
from 19 communities across the country. For more information about PITCH-IN
CANADA and its programs, please visit www.pitch-in.ca.
    In addition, FedEx Express Canada helped Tree Canada plant 6,250 trees
across the country in support of its natural emergency relief and
reforestation projects. Examples include Kelowna, British Columbia lands
burned by the 2003 wildfires, and the Sudbury, Ontario Land Reclamation
Project.
    FedEx Express Canada also sponsored urban tree planting events organized
by Tree Canada in eight Canadian cities, which involved more than 100 FedEx
Express Canada employees and volunteers. And, in the coming months, FedEx
Express Canada will announce plans around a school greening program with Tree
Canada. For more information about Tree Canada and its programs, please visit
www.treecanada.ca.
    "Earth Day is a powerful reminder that action needs to be taken by
individuals and organizations. But we also know that to make long-lasting
improvements we need to look beyond tomorrow, and FedEx Corp., as a global
enterprise, has set ambitious long-term goals to improve the fuel efficiency
and reduce carbon dioxide emissions of our aircraft and vehicles," Starnino
said. "We know these goals will reduce our carbon footprint, and help us do
our part for the environment."
    The new goals are outlined in the FedEx 2008 Global Citizenship Report,
which can be found at http://csr.fedex.com.
    FedEx Corp. plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per available
tonne-mile from its FedEx Express aircraft fleet by 20 percent and improve the
fuel efficiency of its FedEx Express vehicle fleet by 20 percent by 2020. To
achieve its fuel efficiency goals, FedEx has invested in more fuel-efficient
vehicles and aircraft. Since 2005, FedEx has reduced aircraft carbon dioxide
emissions by 3.7 percent per available tonne-mile and improved FedEx Express
vehicle fuel efficiency by 13.7 percent, reducing vehicle carbon emissions by
more than 450 million kilograms.
    FedEx operates more than 170 hybrid electric trucks around the globe and
has the largest fleet of commercial hybrid electric trucks in North America.
The FedEx E700 hybrid electric trucks, the most common hybrid in the FedEx
fleet, improve fuel economy by 42 percent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
approximately 25 percent and cut particulate pollution by 96 percent compared
with conventional vehicles.
    FedEx Express has worked to optimize its delivery routes to ensure that
the most efficiently-sized vehicle is used on each route. As a result, more
than one-fourth of the FedEx Express fleet has been converted to smaller, more
fuel-efficient vehicles, saving more than 200 million litres of fuel in the
past three years. FedEx is also upgrading its aircraft fleet, replacing
narrow-body Boeing 727 aircraft with Boeing 757 planes that lessen the
environmental impact - reducing fuel consumption up to 36 percent while
providing 20 percent more payload capacity. A number of initiatives such as
aircraft replacements and aircraft operations and flight planning improvements
contribute to reductions in carbon and fuel emissions and reductions in fuel
used.

    About FedEx Express Canada

    Federal Express Canada Ltd. is a global logistics and transportation
company offering domestic and international shipping and electronic commerce
solutions. The company uses advanced package status tracking systems,
automated customs clearance services and a dedicated air and ground
transportation network to serve Canadian and global markets. FedEx Express
Canada employs approximately 5,000 people in over 60 facilities
coast-to-coast. For more information, visit www.fedex.ca

    About FedEx Corp.

    FedEx Corp. (NYSE:   FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with
a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With
annual revenues of $38 billion, the company offers integrated business
applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed
collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among
the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than
290,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the
highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers
and communities. For more information, visit http://news.fedex.com.

    About PITCH-IN CANADA

    For more than forty years, PITCH-IN CANADA has been recruiting and
involving volunteers who are involved in its community-based environmental
improvement and beautification programs. While community cleanup and litter
prevention are very visible aspects of PITCH-IN CANADA's programs, the goal of
all their programs is to instill individual responsibility towards maintaining
a clean and healthy environment. This includes conserving energy, creating
green space, beautification, reducing environmental impact and much more. For
more information about PITCH-IN CANADA and its programs, please visit
www.pitch-in.ca.

    About Tree Canada

    Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to
encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural
environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada
engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the
planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize
Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more
than 76 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been
greened, and Tree Canada has organized 8 national urban forestry conferences.
More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Julie Bellissimo, NATIONAL Public Relations,
(416) 848-1462, jbellissimo@national.ca

Organization Profile

FEDEX EXPRESS CANADA

More on this organization

Green News

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890