July 30, 2014 8:40 AM, EDT
UPS Sets 20% Carbon Emission Reduction Goal
Ken James/Bloomberg News

UPS Inc. has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20% by 2020 after meeting its previous emissions reduction goal early, the package carrier said.

The company said it met its 2016 goal of reducing air and ground fleet emissions 10% three years early. Last year, UPS reduced emissions 1.5% from 2012 as shipping volume rose 3.9%.

“Our ability to grow our global shipping volumes and reduce total carbon emissions should be a signal to business that it is possible to do more for the environment while also serving more customers and adding more value,” UPS Chairman and CEO Scott  Davis said in a statement.

In 2013, UPS added 249 liquefied natural gas-powered heavy-duty tractors. The company said it plans to deploy more than a 1,000 by the end of the year.

“As a global logistics company dependent on vehicles and fuel to move nearly 17 million packages and documents a day, sustainability and growth are inextricably linked,” Davis said.

UPS also said it is using its On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation software to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. By using the technology, UPS said 10,000 routes have been optimized, with expected savings of 1.5 million gallons of fuel and 14,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

UPS ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.