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The UPS logistics network makes global commerce more energy-efficient.


For generations, UPS has invested in building a world-class international transportation and logistics network. This core business strategy is also the core of our sustainability strategy in an era of climate change and limited natural resources.

Our network serves the global economy the way a public transit system serves a city: It increases energy and carbon efficiency by enabling many individual trips to share the same transport infrastructure. We aggregated 4 billion shipments in 2012 and delivered them through a single integrated network. This made every one of those shipments more sustainable.

To make this equation even more powerful, we continually increase our ability to operate the network more efficiently. That includes the vehicles and aircraft we buy and maintain, the employees we recruit and train, and the IT systems we develop and deploy. We strive every day to keep the resources used for that day’s shipping as low as possible. This means loading every plane, railcar, shipping container, and tractor trailer as fully as possible and routing them precisely.
And that’s still not all we do. When our customers choose a delivery time, we choose the most efficient transportation modes to achieve it. That may mean using a truck instead of a plane, or a train instead of a truck. And that’s good for the planet. We employ this intermodal shifting technique around the world, every day, which means that even natural disasters are unlikely to slow us down. When a volcano blocks air routes, storms close railroad lines, and accidents close highways, the UPS network has the flexibility and resilience to keep promises to customers and their recipients.

Here’s one more way to think of the sustainability benefit of our network strategy: It reduces conflict between what matters to customers and what matters to the environment. Our holistic approach to service combines intermodal shifting, advanced IT, and highly trained, motivated employees who know their role: helping businesses of all types and sizes meet their business goals with environmental efficiency. Even when customers need speedy delivery, they’re still going to get carbon-efficient service from UPS. Not only that, we offer customers an inexpensive, one-click way to offset the carbon from any shipment (see UPS Carbon Neutral Shipping).
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UPS’s network strategy makes customers and global commerce more carbon-efficient.


UPS flexibly shifts to the most efficient transport modes that meet commitments to customers.


Relentless focus on network performance harmonizes customer needs and environmental preservation.