UPS add 10 alternative fuelled vans to fleet in time for Olympic Games
UPS is a sponsor of the games and the vehicles join a global alternatively-fuelled fleet of 2,500 vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz vans will be used for deliveries to London 2012 venues. The UPS Olympic fleet also includes five Modec electric vehicles operating from key central London facilities. The biomethane vehicles are the first of their type to join the UPS global fleet.
‘At UPS, sustainability is more than a practice, it's a value,’ said Cindy Miller, managing director, UPS UK, Ireland & Nordics. ‘As an official sponsor of London 2012, we are responsible for London 2012 deliveries and are working closely with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to help realise the goal of delivering the most sustainable Games possible.’
‘By using biomethane vehicles to deliver London 2012, we are putting our exploration of alternative fuel technology to the test at the world's most significant peacetime logistical event. Using these vehicles to deliver London 2012 items will help us find the best, most responsible solutions to suit our business as it lives and breathes on the ground,’ Miller added.
Biomethane is a renewable energy source produced from organic waste, and it provides a number of environmental benefits by reducing the need for fossil fuels. It can be obtained via landfills or by using an anaerobic digester to break down organic waste.
Alternative fuel is one of several new technologies, protocols and procedures that UPS is introducing to the United Kingdom as part of its London 2012 sustainability strategy.
Other initiatives include:
- Alternative modes transport for deliveries, including a bicycle programme and on-foot deliveries as well as use of the River Thames for transporting items to the Olympic and Paralympic Village
- Telematics technology to help optimise routes and efficiency, slash energy consumption and improve customer service and driver safety
- A commitment to being carbon neutral in UPS operations, achieved through rigorous measurement and management of any carbon emissions associated with delivering London 2012, and then mitigation of any carbon emissions that cannot be managed out
- Other initiatives such as responsible waste management, participation in employee fitness programmes and 'green' volunteer initiatives