Photo courtesy of UPS

Photo courtesy of UPS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented UPS an award for its efforts toward outstanding environmental performance and leadership.

UPS was bestowed the SmartWay Excellence award for utilizing alternative fuels and advanced technologies, its sustainable approach for its operational practices, and its methods to achieve emissions reductions, according to the delivery company.

“For two years in a row, the EPA has recognized UPS’s efforts to be more efficient and reduce our environmental impact across the nation and the globe,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president, global engineering and sustainability. “UPS strives to improve our business while operating in the most sustainable way possible. We appreciate that the EPA recognizes the importance of these efforts.”

The UPS alternative fuel fleet includes hydraulic hybrid, all-electric, hybrid electric, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles. UPS also uses millions of gallons of lower carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet each year, according to the company.

 Using its “Rolling Laboratory” approach, UPS deploys more than 7,200 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its specialized fleet in August 2016.