“There is truly no better way to honor World Environment Day than to facilitate actions that will help the planet,” said Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, UPS chief sustainability officer (CSO) and vice president of environmental affairs. “UPS hopes to create more awareness about our carbon neutral shipping option so additional customers will take advantage of it, thus helping to fund large-scale carbon reduction programs and reduce the total carbon impact of shipping on the environment.”
To participate, shippers pay a fee as little as the local currency equivalent of USD 0.75 per package, then UPS will match these offsets throughout June. This is essentially doubling the shipper’s impact thereby allowing the shipper to potentially net out “carbon negative” in June. The optional service is available on shipments using UPS Express Plus, Express, Express Saver, Expedited, and Worldwide Express Freight services.
UPS started its carbon neutral program in 2010 and offsets more than 60 million packages annually for customers, which equates to more than 100,000 metric tonnes of carbon offset each year. UPS has supported projects worldwide that include forestation, landfill gas destruction, and wastewater treatment. UPS carbon neutral option is verified by Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), an inspection, testing, and verification company. Additionally, UPS’s carbon offset process adheres to The Carbon Neutral Protocol from Natural Capital Partners.
Furthermore, customers benefit from the carbon reduction efforts UPS undertakes in its own operations. During the last decade, UPS has invested more than $1 billion on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles as well as supporting infrastructure. The company is now the largest user of renewable natural gas in the transportation industry and has a specialized alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of more than 10,300 vehicles. Recently, UPS announced plans to purchase more than 6,000 natural gas trucks through 2022. And, in January, UPS announced an investment in the UK-based technology startup firm Arrival and committed to buy 10,000 of their electric vehicles. UPS is an important part of its customers’ supply chains and continues to offer sustainability solutions that impact their value chains.
The carbon neutral offering is just one way UPS is supporting a more sustainable logistics ecosystem for Taiwan. Another is the introduction and subsequent expansion of UPS My Choice which allows customers to change how and when they receive their deliveries should their plans change; this includes the option to pick up packages from one of over 1,200 Palmbox e-lockers conveniently located across Taiwan.
Allowing customers to receive packages at a time and place that works for them is not only convenient for customers, it also reduces the need for UPS drivers to make multiple trips for the same delivery, thereby lowering carbon emissions and helping reduce traffic congestion.
““The impact of climate change is a key focus for the Taiwanese government, and UPS is committed to helping Taiwan achieve its goal of a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 20301,” said Sam Hung, Managing Director of UPS Taiwan.
“For many Taiwanese companies, operating in a more sustainable way has also become a top priority and more and more often customers are choosing businesses that are helping minimize their impact on the environment. Shipping with our carbon neutral program means UPS, our customers and the communities we serve can continue to succeed together in a more sustainable way.”
UPS will automatically match all offsets during the month of June. To start shipping more sustainably today, please visit your local ups.com website. For more information on UPS’s ongoing sustainability initiatives, visit www.ups.com/sustainability, and stay tuned for the company’s upcoming 18th annual Sustainability Report when it is released on June 30, 2020.