The success of any business and the future of our environment are deeply intertwined. As global businesses and citizens who take and benefit from our environment, we all have an obligation to connect people and possibilities in responsible and resourceful ways. Long-term business success can only be achieved by operating efficiently and sustainably.
At FedEx, our environmental efforts are guided by “Reduce, Replace, Revolutionize”. These three simple approaches permeate our sustainability efforts. As the largest express transportation company, FedEx has the scale, size and connections to make a significant contribution and positive impact on the environment.
In fact, the company has committed to multiply efficiency and minimize impact through aircraft and vehicle fuel efficiency programs, which decouples business growth from carbon emissions. The goal is to reduce aircraft emissions by 30%, by 2020 and increase vehicle efficiency by 50% by 2025. It’s ambitious, but work is already in progress.
Last year, FedEx introduced a fleet of all-electric vehicles in 13 cities in China with the aim to replace traditional gasoline-fuel vehicles on the road. This initiative effectively integrates sustainable practices into the way FedEx works and the services we offer to customers every day. On top of the positive environmental impact, one major side benefit to the deployment of these electric vehicles is increased service efficiencies as some Chinese cities restrict or ban most vehicle access except the electric vehicles.
Jason Wang, Operations Manager, FedEx Express in Beijing said, “In the past, a FedEx courier had to stop their vehicles at petrol stations and make the last-mile delivery on foot due to vehicle restrictions in certain areas. This caused delays during the delivery process especially on days with bad weather. The new electric vehicles brought with it a new level of efficiency – without limitation to the areas these new vehicles can access, our courier can more effectively deliver the items.”
Each electric vehicle saves about 2,500 liters of fuel and avoids about 6.7 tons of CO2 each year.
Wang added, “We are committed to drive global transformation and add value to our society, and we are already feeling the change and possibilities it brings. Today, pollution is greatly reduced in Beijing – we can smell the fresh air, we can see the sunshine, and we can see the clear blue sky. All in the span of one short year. I hope to see more electric vehicles put into use and more efforts put into protecting our environment.”
The wider adoption of alternative-fuel, electric and hybrid electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing global emissions while diversifying and expanding renewable energy solutions.