UPS broadens availability of carbon offset option

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Updated Jan 14, 2011

UPS announced that customers in many countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas now may select UPS carbon neutral as an option within the UPS WorldShip shipping system. WorldShip customers have the option of paying a small fee to calculate and offset the carbon emissions associated with their shipments. UPS collects the fees and uses the funds for environmentally responsible projects around the world. UPS is matching the offset purchases up to $1 million, doubling the impact of participation.

“This product was developed in response to customer demand for environmentally responsible shipping options,” says Alan Gershenhorn, senior vice president of global sales and marketing. “Now UPS carbon neutral will be accessible to the majority of our customer base.”

WorldShip is a full-featured Windows-based shipping software suited to customers who ship five or more packages per day. The calculation to measure the carbon (CO2) impact of the customers’ shipments is based on current and historical operational data, including distance and transport mode and a comprehensive carbon inventory.

UPS’s proprietary calculation methodology and processes are verified by Societe Generale de Surveillance. Additionally, the carbon offset process is certified by The CarbonNeutral Co. The calculator is based on Greenhouse Gas Protocol, an international standard for carbon accounting and reporting.