34 Per Cent of UPS Canada Fleet To Run on Alternative Fuels
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - UPS Canada today announced it will 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 are joining roughly 600 propane trucks already
operating in Canada. The addition of these vehicles means more than a third of
UPS Canada's 2,000 package delivery vehicles will run on low-carbon fuel.
"UPS Canada has been a leader in deploying alternative fuel vehicles
since 1985," said UPS Canada Vice President of Automotive, Steve Clark. "This
deployment demonstrates UPS's continued commitment to running our business in
a responsible manner."
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.
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 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
provided at eight on-site fuelling stations at UPS facilities in Canada. LPG
is derived from petroleum during oil or natural gas processing and is
cleaner-burning than regular gasoline.
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.
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.
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
"Deploying alternative fuel vehicles and exploring renewable energy
sources is one of the many ways UPS actively pursues its commitment to
sustainable business practices," said Clark. "We have always believed that
working green and working smart are synonymous."
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. Learn more about UPS's responsible business
practices at www.sustainability.ups.com.
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. Headquartered
in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
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