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UPS shows off efficiency credentials

By: Chris Taylor
08 November 2011

A new report into sustainable driving practices by the US logistics giant UPS suggests its drivers and policies are among the most environmentally-friendly in the business.

Even with a fleet of over 91,00 vehicles, UPS' automotive fleet manager Mike Britt says that stringent driver training courses are conducive to better driving habits, saving the firm money and the environment.

"We find that even the smallest changes to daily driving habits can make a difference," said Britt on IB Times, revealing that the company meticulously introduces as many right turns into its driving routes as possible. This is to prevent engine idling - a major source of fuel wastage - whilst waiting at red lights or for traffic to clear.

The same technology used in re-negotiating the number of left turns also takes in to consideration the best time to deliver packages based on local rush-hours versus the shortest routes.

UPS even boasts that it was able to reduce the amount of fuel consumed per package by 3.3 per cent, despite carriage volumes growing 1.8 per cent.

Other environmentally-friendly policies the company has introduced include regular vehicle maintenance checks to make sure that tyres are optimally inflated, saving around 10 per cent on fuel. It's 'no idling' policy additionally saves a further 10 per cent, while eliminating all unnecessary trunk items and using vehicles built of light materials could reduce fuel by as much as a staggering 40 per cent.

"We believe our long-term, continuous focus on increasing ground network efficiency is a significant competitive and environmental advantage, based in part on external recognition for our results," read the UPS 2010 Sustainability Report, cites

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