ATLANTA, GA: March 15, 2017. UPS is to spend an additional US$90 million on expanding its U.S. natural gas fueling infrastructure and acquiring more compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles following a US$100 million investment last year.
In 2016 UPS used more than 61 million gallons of natural gas in its ground fleet, which included 4.6 million gallons of renewable natural gas, and reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 100,000 tonnes.
The company currently operates 31 CNG fueling stations in 15 U.S. states and runs CNG vehicles in 38 states plus Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand.
"With more than 4,400 natural gas vehicles and a network of fueling stations, UPS has had great results using natural gas as an alternative fuel in our fleet," said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president Global Engineering and Sustainability.
Since 2009, UPS has invested more than US$750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally.
In a coincident move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is going to review the Obama Administration's 2022-2025 emissions standards for cars and light duty trucks.
"These standards are costly for automakers and the American people," said EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Last week Pruitt denied human activity has contributed to climate change: "I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see." As the former attorney general for Oklahoma, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times.
Responding to Pruitt's climate change denial, The leading U.S. environment organization the Sierra Club has filed a formal complaint with the EPA's inspector general saying Pruitt has violated the agency's scientific integrity policy in multiple ways. The filing calls for an investigation into and resolution of Pruitt's comments on carbon dioxide's role in fueling the climate crisis.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the use of natural gas reduces man-made greenhouse gas emissions between six and 11 percent.