FedEx showcases sustainability commitment at APEC meeting

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In conjunction with this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2011 Senior Officials Meeting in San Francisco, FedEx joined other leading companies across the Asia-Pacific region in demonstrating its commitment to the environment by showcasing innovative technologies.

Michael Ducker, chief operating officer and president, International, FedEx Express, participated in “Greening the Supply Chain: Energy Efficient Freight Transportation,” a roundtable discussing developments in freight logistics and transport modes that decrease energy costs and carbon footprints. Ducker discusses the company’s goal of reducing emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and highlighted its successes, including:
• Adding more than 4,000 alternative energy vehicles to its fleet in June;
• Replacing aircraft with more efficient models such as the Boeing 757 and 777F to reduce the amount of fuel used;
• Implementing programs that challenge drivers to learn and adopt new habits to improve their fuel efficiency; and
• Incorporating alternative energies to power facilities around the globe.

FedEx says that as a result of its efforts, it has increased vehicle efficiency by 15.1 percent and reduced emissions by 13.5 percent.

As a member of the APEC 2011 USA Host Committee, FedEx also hosted the “Innovative Technologies in Sustainable Transportation Exhibition” at the FedEx Oakland Airport hub. Delegates and industry leaders were given the chance to get up-close and personal with some of the latest in energy efficiency and sustainable transportation technologies.

The Oakland hub helps facilitate domestic and global trade by providing access to the growing Asia-Pacific markets and is a fitting backdrop for the event, as it speaks to both the sustainability and international trade discussions held during APEC. The hub is powered by rooftop solar panels (900 kw) and onsite fuel cells (500kw).

At the exhibition, FedEx featured its 777F aircraft, the most fuel-efficient and largest aircraft in its fleet, and new “EarthSmart” delivery vehicles, including an all-electric plug-in delivery van that produces zero carbon emissions.