At FedEx, we employ initiatives such as EarthSmart to create more efficient and environmentally friendly processes. This commitment drives FedEx to explore energy efficient alternatives to vehicles, planes and workplaces. Be the first to find out what we're doing today to help make a difference as well as how you can become more EarthSmart in your daily life.
Syndicate content

Flying Higher While Going Lower

emissions“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine

At this approximate time of season over the past two years, I have put out posts that discuss how FedEx is progressing with respect to its aviation emission goal. So, I suppose the precedent is set for me to do it again. Before I get to that, let me give a brief refresher. In 2008 FedEx was the first U.S. based transportation company to set a goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its global aviation fleet. That goal was a 20% reduction in lbs/available-ton-mile (ATM) by 2020 from a 2005 baseline year.

So, how have we done? We’ve achieved a cumulative reduction of 13.5% (or 67% of the way towards our goal of 20%). You can see the chart from the FedEx 2010 Global Citizenship Report in the image, or find the full 2010 Global Citizenship Report here).

What makes this particularly satisfying to me is that we have improved our services and customer options while doing this. For instance, our emissions from the U.S. to Asia and back are being reduced while we give some Asian markets a two-hour later package drop-off or pick-up window. How? By eliminating the need to stop and refuel while flying back from Asia. The results are longer range, better efficiency and increased customer service.

I should also mention the absolute emissions for FedEx. You will see that all absolute emissions went down, as well. This includes the following:

• Scope I (Direct emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by FedEx): Fiscal Year 2010: 13,152,895 metric tons (vs. 14,101,552 metric tons in Fiscal Year 2009).

• Scope II (Indirect emissions that are from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam): Fiscal Year 2010: 996,872 metric tons (vs. 1,065,689 metric tons in Fiscal Year 2009).

• Scope III (Other indirect emissions, including emissions from fuel sold to FedEx Ground independent contractors and FedEx Express feeder aircraft contract operators): Fiscal Year 2010: 1,008,493 metric tons (vs. 1,132,571 metric tons in Fiscal Year 2009).

As we continue to travel and work to connect the world responsibly and resourcefully, we envision the world as it can be, rather than the limited view and fear of how it might be. In essence, we hope for and seek a cleaner today, better tomorrow.

For those interested in the previous two posts referenced, click below:

- You Have To Walk Before You Can Fly

- No Longer Walking


Comment (1) 

* Required fields

So much info in so few words. Tosloty could learn a lot.

All comments are moderated. Comments will appear as soon as they are approved by the moderator. We will not post comments if they are defamatory, spam, off-topic If you do submit a comment, you warrant that it is your own original work, that it is not defamatory or offensive and does not infringe any law.
* Required fields
  • You may embed videos from the following providers . Just add the video URL to your textarea in the place where you would like the video to appear, i.e.
  • You may use <swf file="song.mp3"> to display Flash files inline

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.

About This Blogger

Mitch discusses sustainability, governance and energy management.

Other Posts by Mitch Jackson