Sustainability, a Company Culture

Two GSE projects at its Worldport hub are among the latest environmental initiatives from UPS.

“Also, this particular gasoline engine has been certified to California LSI standards,” he adds, “so not only are we going to a gasoline engine, we are going to a gasoline engine that meets California’s LSI rule, so it’s very, very clean.”

Jacob continues, “The other thing with the engine that we’re putting into these tugs — the 2.8-liter — it gets 34 percent better fuel consumption than the six-cylinder engine it replaces, so we actually are lowering our carbon footprint as well as lowering our emissions.”

With 2,200 tugs across the UPS network, the majority of which are gasoline, Jacob says the plan to bring older engines up to par is to repower on an as-needed basis. “As engines fail, we will upgrade them to the newer technology,” he says.

“We look at a tug as a piece of equipment that has a very long life, because the parts on it that fail are the engine, transmission and differential,” Jacob says. “The tugs they build nowadays, aside from the new engines, are the same tugs you bought 20 years ago, so you’re buying the steel again as you dispose of it.”

The work toward more sustainable practices continues for UPS. Jacob says the company is looking at myriad ways to incorporate alternative technology into its fleet, including replacing the engines in some of its GPUs and belt loaders. “We are looking at converting belt loader engines — both gas and diesel — to the small gas engine, because having a six-cylinder engine in a belt loader, which was all the industry offered pretty much in gasoline years ago, it just doesn’t make sense,” he says. “You don’t need to put a large power plant in a belt loader.”

Jacob says the company is also considering converting some of its cargo loaders to electric.

“The movement of 15.5 million packages around the world each day requires operating large ground and air fleets,” Jacob says. “Therefore, reducing fuel use and emissions is a constant priority and challenge. Our long-term goal is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by improving operational efficiencies and advancing new technologies.”

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