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In 2008, FedEx Corp. announced it would seek to reduce carbon emissions intensity from its FedEx Express aircraft and improve the fuel efficiency of its FedEx Express vehicle fleet by 20% by 2020, as compared with its 2005 performance. Now, FedEx has nearly achieved these goals and is announcing a revised, more aggressive target.

FedEx is closing in on achieving the 20% aircraft emissions intensity reduction and fuel efficiency improvement goals it set for 2020, having reduced aircraft emissions intensity by 13.8% and improved vehicle fuel efficiency by 16.6% at the end of its fiscal year 2011.

Consequently, FedEx has increased its aircraft emissions goal by 50%, to a 30% reduction in global aircraft emissions intensity by its original 2020 target date. FedEx has also reaffirmed its commitment to sourcing at least 30% of its jet fuel from alternative fuels by the year 2030.

In the last year, FedEx has:

  • Continued aircraft fleet replacements. By 2015, FedEx Express will have replaced all of its less-efficient 727s with more fuel-efficient and greater payload 757 aircraft. The company is also continuing to introduce Boeing 777F aircraft, which use 18% less fuel than the MD-11 aircraft while also providing greater payload capacity. Further, FedEx Express plans to introduce the new Boeing 767 aircraft into its fleet in 2013, which will further contribute to its ability to meet the newly-revised aircraft emissions intensity reduction target.

  • Continued on-the-road deployments of all-electric commercial vehicles in cities around the globe. These vehicles operate alongside fuel-efficient Sprinter vans which FedEx continues to bring into service, hybrid vehicles and novel, innovative delivery solutions such as electric-powered tricycles in Paris. In its fiscal year 2012, FedEx Express increased the size of its advanced alternative-vehicle fleet by 18%, with a total of 364 hybrid-electric vehicles and 118 electric vehicles in service. To date, these vehicles have traveled a total of 12.1 million miles and conserved 345,000 gallons of fuel.

  • Introduced FedEx Carbon-Neutral Envelope Shipping, a no-cost-to-consumers program that helps improve the carbon footprint not only at FedEx, but also for its customers’ businesses. FedEx calculates that the annual carbon emissions offset by this program is equivalent to planting 2,179,487 tree seedlings and letting them grow for 10 years.

  • Continued to improve upon its network-wide recycling efforts, collecting 47.9 million pounds of recyclable waste in FY11—an increase of more than 6 million pounds from FY10.



Good work FedEx. Are UPS and DHL doing as well or better?

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