UPS to mark World Environment Day by matching offsets of Carbon Neutral Shipments in June
UPS today announced the company will commemorate World Environment Day on June 5 by matching the carbon offsets of all packages shipped via its carbon neutral program during the month of June. UPS carbon neutral counterbalances the estimated carbon impact of each shipment by purchasing certified carbon offsets.
“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 CarbonNeutral Protocol from Natural Capital Partners.
UPS’s carbon neutral offering is just one way the company is helping shippers in Malaysia reduce their impact on the environment, yet it reflects a key focus across the market as it aligns with the Malaysian government’s ongoing commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, based on 2005 levels. This commitment is further underscored by the government’s creation of the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre, which was set up to provide a central touchpoint for supporting the transition to a more low-carbon economy through areas such as green financing, advisory, and training for sustainability.
“Malaysia is continually working towards achieving their truly commendable carbon emission targets, and we’re proud to be collaborating hand-in-hand with local businesses to help them contribute to meeting these reductions,” said Lim Tze Hsien, Managing Director, UP S Malaysia and Singapore.
“Combatting climate change requires a concerted effort from us all, which is why, during the month of June, UPS is going to match the offsets of every package shipped with our carbon neutral program.”
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.
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.