UPS Reduces Emissions & Congestion In Denmark & Sweden With New Zero Emission eBikes

SE 01/09/20

Copenhagen, Stockholm

  • Five cargo eBikes in Copenhagen, one in Stockholm and one in Aarhus will provide sustainable parcel deliveries, reducing emissions and traffic congestion
  • Use of alternative fuel vehicles support UPS’s global sustainability goals, as well as Copenhagen and Stockholm aim for carbon-neutrality

UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced today that it has deployed five eBikes in Copenhagen, one in Stockholm and one in Aarhus as part of its global effort to improve the sustainability of its deliveries. As a result of these new alternative fuel vehicles being introduced, UPS operates three fewer 7.5-tonne diesel delivery vehicles in Denmark and one less diesel delivery vehicle in Sweden every day.

“By replacing 240 daily stops of fossil fuel vehicles in Copenhagen, 60 in Stockholm and 50 in Aarhus with eBikes, we are helping to reduce emissions and congestion in city centers. Copenhagen and Stockholm plan to be carbon-neutral cities by 2025 and 2040 respectively, and as a company looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint, we are proud to be part of this effort,” said Frank Jørgensen, country manager, UPS Nordics. “UPS has set itself the ambitious goal to reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions of its global ground operations by 12% by 2025. Increasing our use of eBikes is an important part of how we plan to achieve this goal”.

Deliveries and pick-ups are done using electrically-assisted bikes with a box unit up front that can carry up to 100 kilograms. From neighborhood hubs located at UPS Access Point locations, convenient pick-up and drop-off points at local stores and businesses, UPS employees pick-up and deliver packages in Kungsholmen in Stockholm, Islands Brygge, Frederiksberg, Nørrebro, and Østerbro in Copenhagen, and in the center of Aarhus.

The success of UPS’s eBike and City Logistics solutions were first demonstrated in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The company also operates inner-city delivery projects with delivery on foot and by bike in more than 30 major cities in Europe, including Leuven, Belgium; Paris and Toulouse, France; Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Herne, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Munich, Offenbach, and Oldenburg, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; and London, UK.

Using its “rolling laboratory” approach, UPS has deployed more than 10,000 low-emission vehicles worldwide to determine which alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles work best in various routes and duty cycles. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane.

Earlier this year, UPS also published its sustainability report. To see UPS’s first, digital fully-interactive 2018 Sustainability Report in its entirety, click Creating our Tomorrow, Sustainably. The report details efforts that took place during 2018 to advance the company’s 2020 and 2025 sustainability goals.

The Report describes seven enablers of progress UPS is leveraging to advance sustainability across UPS’s operations, as well as our customers’, in order to create a more sustainable tomorrow.

  • Transformative vision
  • Bold ideas
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Innovative technology
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Talent & teamwork
  • Community resilience

For more information on UPS’s general sustainability initiatives, please visit www.ups.com/sustainability.

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Fortune magazine’s Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at ups.com  or pressroom.ups.com  and its corporate blog can be found at ups.com/longitudes The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter . Learn more about our sustainability efforts at ups.com/sustainability . To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter. To ship with UPS, visit ups.com/ship.

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