Fedex takes care of the environment. Not just on Earth Day

Sustainable development is a necessity today, especially if you are a well-known company operating in a fairly competitive market. However, customers are sensitive to unrecognized declarations and announcements. So you need to demonstrate not only a vision, but also concrete actions. How does FedEx work?

Sustainable development

Earth Day is April 22, and this is the best time to raise the topic of sustainable development. This concept comes up very often – and that’s good. But what does this mean?

As stated in one of the statements of the 1987 report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is a development that can meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the chances of future generations to meet them.

This sentence perfectly reflects the essence of things, because we have a great responsibility not only for ourselves, but also for future generations. The natural course of events is that the future is determined by the measures taken today, and according to climatologists, we as human beings are already waking up too late.

Environmental protection is a very broad issue, and this protection system is still largely based on the laws in force in individual countries. Therefore, the most important steps must be taken from the bottom up, especially by companies operating globally.

In this text, I will describe some of these activities carried out by FedEx, a partner in this article. In the example of this company, I will present the fact that actual activities can comply with the declaration of sustainability. And there is a great need for it today.

FedEx cares about the environment in many parts of the world

FedEx, as a giant in the packaging and logistics market (serving 99% of the world’s PKD), is not environmentally neutral by nature. However, it is gradually reducing its negative impact on the planet and even heralds climate neutrality in terms of CO2 production by 2040.

It is planned to halve the number of FedEx Express cars by 2025. Among other things, it supplies electricity to 50% of FedEx Express cars. In turn, by the end of 2030, it is planned to increase the share of alternative fuels in the air fleet to 30%, as well as the share of electric cars in the fleet of vehicles collecting and delivering parcels to 100%.

FedEx President and CEO Fred Smith comments on the company’s sustainability targets:

This is a goal based on our commitment to sustainability in investing in long-term solutions that are changing both our business and FedEx and the industry as a whole.

There are only 18 years left until 2040, when multifaceted development is planned. However, it is difficult to act in the same way everywhere, so when running a socially responsible business, it is necessary to take into account not only the environment, but also the different levels that support local initiatives. In Asia, they often invest in infrastructure or help local NGOs, as well as protect human rights. In Canada, for example, investments are being made to replace vehicles with greener ones, such as those in Europe or the Americas.

There are many activities, and today it is difficult to believe some of them

FedEx consistently reduces emissions and emissions. This is due, among other things, to the replacement of existing technologies with newer ones, including vehicles and other tools used.

FedEx has allocated $ 100 million to build the Yale Natural Carbon Retention Center, where scientists will now focus on researching ways to extract and store CO2. The support also applies to the Dutch NGO Natuur & Milieu, which implements environmental projects. In addition, FedEx is working with General Motors manufacturer BrightDrop to improve the delivery of this type of car.

FedEx has a dedicated city logistics team. Its mission, including the introduction of freight bikes in the final stages of delivery in six major European cities. Only environmental solutions are being developed in 25 European capitals. In addition to bicycles and electric vehicles, some measures are being taken in the context of traditional vehicles. Systems are responsible for optimizing routes to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

It should be noted that the FedEx Fuel Sense initiative is aimed at studying the possibility of reducing fuel consumption by aircraft. These, of course, are consistently replaced by new ones that use less fuel. At the same time, FedEx is investing in alternative fuels that can reduce aircraft emissions. Since 2005, the FedEx Fuel Sense initiative has saved more than 3 billion liters of jet fuel.

The devices used by the company are, among others, renewable energy.

FedEx cares about the environment by working on the latest solutions for the final delivery phase. So far, this is just a curiosity, but who knows whether such forms of parcel delivery will be leading in the coming years. For example, a self-propelled Roxo robot delivers parcels on the same day. There is also a pilot program for delivery using drones.

Roxo looks like this (fedex.com)

Revolution in packaging

The courier delivery market is also the production of waste. The solution to minimize waste is the use of reusable packaging by FedEx Express Europe. Packaging is free for both existing and new customers. The package is suitable for transporting up to 2.5 kg and can be re-sealed, which facilitates possible returns. In terms of dimensions, customers can choose from a wide range of services, depending on the chosen service: from Small, Large, Extra Large. The packages also contain bubble material.

fedex pays attention to the packaging environment
This is what reusable packaging looks like (fedex.com)

David Canavan, CEO of FedEx Europe, explains:

Adding reusable products to our packaging offerings can create a real evolution, leading to a positive change in consumers’ thinking and behavior. While e-commerce does not always avoid setbacks, we see an increase in consumer awareness of the need to reduce the number of packages and the possibility of reusing them.

He then explains:

Reusable packaging is a way we can make it easier for our customers and buyers to make sustainable choices by providing a solution that minimizes waste.

Thus, FedEx cares about the environment. He is serious about sustainable development, presenting not only bold assumptions but also initial successes. You can read more – in English – on a special website https://www.fedex.com/pl-pl/about/sustainability.html

I also recommend you to visit the Polish version of the website, where you can get detailed information not only about the offer, but also about the various activities carried out by the company, including environmental activities.

The entry was made in cooperation with FedEx

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