In 2008, FedEx set a goal to reduce the emissions of its ground vehicles by 20 percent by 2020. We’ve diligently covered the private mail carrier’s efforts from replacement of many of its gasoline vans with electric ones to the creation of a vegetated rooftop on one of its packaging facilities. FedEx recently announced it not only met the goal this year, but surpassed it at 22 percent.
So what will FedEx do now? Set new goals, of course!
The company now plans to reduce its ground vehicle emissions to 30 percent by 2020. This is identical to goals set for its aircrafts’ emission standards. This new goal will build on FedEx’s “Reduce, Replace and Revolutionize” strategy, which it implemented back in 2008. Some of the plans include:
- Continue increasing the number of alternative energy vehicles in its fleets by the end of fiscal year 2013. The company announced in 2011 that it was adding 24 electric vehicles to its fleets in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New York.
- Purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles from companies such as Mercedes-Benz and Roach.
- Replacement of diesel vehicles with newer, even more fuel-efficient models.
- Research into alternative-fuel vehicles like tractors that use natural gas instead of gasoline or diesel.
- Investment in technologies like hydraulic hybrids which can reduce fuel use and improve engine durability by up to 50 percent.
Besides the aforementioned vegetated rooftop, the FedEx Field stadium in Landover, Md., has giant solar panels generating up to two megawatts of power courtesy of energy company NG and the Washington Redskins. Go, team!
States Mitch Jackson, FedEx’s vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, “We are encouraged by the technological improvements, in addition to the commitment demonstrated by FedEx team members around the world, that have allowed us to reduce our impact on the environment and the communities we serve while maintaining excellent customer service.”