UPS provides shipper incentive to reduce CO2
UPS is now providing customers in Europe, Asia and the Americas with a carbon-neutral shipping option for a small fee when they use the company’s Worldship software.
UPS will collect the charges that start at $0.05 a shipment and use the funds for sustainability projects including the Garcia River Forest in California; the Anxi Dallang Wind initiative in the Gansu Province of Northwest China; and the GACL energy company's wind venture in Gujarat, India. The company said it will match the collected offset fees up to $1 million.
"This product was developed in response to customer demand for environmentally responsible shipping options. Now UPS carbon neutral will be accessible to the majority of our customer base," said Alan Gershenhorn, senior vice president of global sales and marketing.
The UPS calculation methodology and processes are verified by Société Générale de Surveillance, and the carbon offset process is certified by The Carbon Neutral Company. The calculator is based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the international standard for carbon accounting and reporting.
Climate Counts , a US-based advocate of a collaborative approach to mitigating climate change, recently rated UPS, the USPS, Deutsche Post-DHL and FedEx for their efforts in reducing carbon emissions. TNT was not included the survey.
UPS came top of the list with 76 points closely followed by Deutsche Post- DHL with a figure of 74. The USPS ranked higher than FedEx at 66 and 58, respectively. Compared to other business verticals, including the airline passenger industry, all four companies are considered by Climate Counts to be making positive efforts to reduce CO2.