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August 07, 2017   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Clean Diesel Fuels Success and Sustainability for UPS

While UPS invests and tests emerging state of the art technologies, clean diesel is already on the road helping the package delivery giant achieve its sustainability goals.


As one of the world’s biggest fleets is committed to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations it looks to clean diesel to deliver on its promise. Of all the technologies package delivery giant UPS is committed to research, test and put on the road, clean diesel engines and fuel are already making a big impact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Package delivery giant UPS moves 19 million packages and document each day. To get the job done, UPS relies on its fleet of 108,000 vehicles. As part of its corporate sustainability pledge, UPS is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent by 2025 while still growing its business. To help meet the pledge, the company is investing in a mix of available clean technologies and emerging alternatives that may or may not be ready for prime time. In fact, the company refers to its fleet of 108,000 vehicles as its “Rolling Laboratory”.

Clean diesel is the technology that is having the greatest measurable greenhouse gas reduction benefit today and has placed UPS firmly on its path to promised emission reductions. Since 2014, the company has purchased 22 million gallons of renewable diesel fuel that is considered an advanced biofuel by the U.S. EPA capable of achieving greenhouse gas emissions of at least 50 percent. Widely available renewable diesel fuels in the U.S. demonstrate greenhouse gas emissions upwards of 80 percent. UPS’ commitment to renewable diesel fuel compares to its purchase of just 5 million gallons of renewable natural gas.

Since 2008, UPS tested and successfully introduce hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks on many service routes that pairs a downsized clean diesel engine with advanced energy storage capabilities of a hydraulic system. According to UPS, these hydraulic hybrid deliver trucks demonstrate superior fuel savings benefits on longer routes. The technology delivers 60 percent to 70 percent improvement in fuel economy and a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

While UPS invests and tests emerging state of the art technologies, clean diesel is already on the road helping the package delivery giant achieve its sustainability goals.

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