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UPS Introduces New Telematics Systems After Olympic Trial

April 02, 2012


UPS recently announced that it will be deploying its telematics systems inside of its vehicles in the UK that will allow the company to reduce its environmental fingerprint and save some cash while it's at it. This announcement follows UPS' trial in London's 2012 Olympic games.

The company currently works with LOCOG to ensure that the Olympics is sustainable. UPS promised that it will make the part it plays in the Olympics carbon-neutral. The company has also mentioned that the practices it will be applying in the Olympics will help it determine how to make this a bigger part of its business. Cindy Miller, the managing director of UPS, said that the games were a “catalyst” that helped UPS discover new ways of implementing technologies within the UK part of its business. “Importantly, these changes will continue to provide huge sustainable benefits long after the games finish,” she said.

UPS will attempt to reduce its carbon emissions from the games, and help consolidate this reduction with telematics technology that will help its fleet know what to do to reduce the amount of fuel it consumes. Not only is it an environmental benefit, but it certainly keeps UPS from spending too much from its coffers. Added to this, UPS is also utilizing at least 15 electric vehicles in the Olympic fleet, including another 10 vehicles that use bio-methane.

“We think bio-methane is a really exciting fuel. It's one of the few technologies that work at the heavy end of the spectrum,” said Peter Harris, UPS' EMEA director of sustainability. “We're working with EU and national governments now to try to accelerate the uptake of the technology. One of the biggest problems we're facing already, even with deploying just ten of these heavy vehicles, is restricted fuel supply. There's only one supplier of bio-methane right now in the UK, so we want to help them and others gear that up so that we can build this into a scalable program for the future.”

Edited by Jennifer Russell