07 Jul 2010 05:07:18
UPS extends carbon neutral shipping service
Global shipping company UPS has announced the extension of its carbon neutral service to 35 countries and territories.
Companies in the US, Asia and Europe, including the UK, will now be able to chose to pay a small fee to offset the carbon emissions produced by their shipment.
The cost of the service will varying depending on the country, however in the US the price ranges from .05 for a ground delivery to .20 for an air package to .75 for an international shipment. Emissions are calculated using current and historic operational data.
When the project was initially launched in the US in 2009, UPS purchased its offsets from the Garcia River Forest Climate Action Project. The company has now said it will be looking to expand the projects it works with in the future.
Bob Stoffel, the senior vice president responsible for UPS's sustainability program, said: "Our customers wanted a convenient, cost-effective means to address climate change in a real and tangible way."
The shipping industry currently accounts for around three percent of carbon emissions and, along with aviation, is one of the only industries not covered by the Kyoto Protocol.