Noise footprint around airports reduced by 30 percent
Everett, October 27, 2016: Boeing and UPS today announced an order for 14 747-8 Freighters. The agreement also includes an option to purchase an additional 14 of the cargo airplanes.
“These aircraft are a strategic investment for increased capacity for UPS customers around the globe,” said Brendan Canavan, president, UPS Airlines. “The 747-8 will allow UPS to upsize our network in both new and existing markets.”
The 747-8 Freighter is the world’s most efficient freighter, providing cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter on the market. With its iconic nose door, the airplane has 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400F. The airplane also reduces the noise footprint around an airport by 30 percent compared to its predecessor.
“UPS could not have selected a better aircraft to meet its growing business needs,” said Brad McMullen, vice president, Sales, North America and Leasing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’ve continued to make the 747-8 Freighter even better, and we look forward to seeing UPS introduce it to its fleet.”
With 109 747-8 passenger and freighter airplanes delivered to customers around the globe, the fleet is performing with the highest dispatch reliability and utilization of any four-engine airplane in service.
UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.
UPS is inspiring others to reduce their carbon footprint
September 28, 2015: Combating climate change and reducing carbon footprint have become the most important targets for development in major corporations in particular. The urgency of the matter is widely understood, but implementing the changes in practice is more challenging. Reducing carbon footprint is easiest when new solutions can be easily incorporated into the existing infrastructure. Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel is one such solution. It offers an exceptionally easy way of reducing carbon footprint in transport, for instance.
UPS is the world’s largest parcel shipping company and one of the biggest users of renewable diesel in the world. Operating in over 200 countries, The company annually delivers over four billion parcels, with over three billion kilometers traveled a year. ”The possibility of using a renewable ‘drop-in’ fuel is extremely significant to us,” says Mike Whitlatch, Vice President Energy and Procurement of Energy and Procurement at UPS.
Drop-in solution plays a key role: According to Whitlatch, UPS aims to reduce its carbon footprint in a variety of ways. The company has been testing biofuels for a few years now. However, the challenge with first-generation biofuels such as FAME-type biodiesel is that they have blending requirements and operational challenges that hinder widespread deployment.
“In the United States, according to the Energy Information Administration, over 90% of refined oil products are transported by pipelines. Billions have been invested in over 100,000 miles of infrastructure,” Whitlatch says. Conventional biofuels cannot utilize the efficient infrastructure.”We cannot transport them via pipelines, and they cannot be stored together with fossil fuels. We have to be very careful with regards to blending the products.”
UPS found a solution to the problem in renewable diesel. It can be used as drop-in. “We can transport renewable diesel in the existing pipeline systems. It can also be handled in the same terminals and storage facilities as conventional petroleum diesel,” Whitlatch says.
Blending the products does not pose any risk, as the chemical structure of renewable diesel is identical to petroleum diesel. Whitlatch adds that in reality, renewable diesel can improve the properties of petroleum diesel. Its cetane number, for example, is higher, which improves its behavior in the engine in cold conditions. Such flexibility has made it possible for UPS to invest significantly in reducing carbon footprint of their fleet. In the summer, UPS announced that it will source 174 million liters of renewable diesel from three different producers during the next three years. Neste will be the biggest supplier. “Renewable diesel works directly in our existing systems and fleet. This is crucial to us.”
Raw materials have an effect on carbon footprint: ” One thing that we really admire in Neste is the company’s work to ensure the sustainability of the feedstocks they use to produce renewable diesel,” Whitlatch says. Neste aims to use waste and residues as raw materials for NEXBTL renewable diesel as much as possible. This also helps to reduce carbon footprint. Renewable fuel made from waste and residues can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%. Among other things, Neste pays attention to the raw material suppliers preventing methane emissions from production or recovering generated methane. This is an important way of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and helping customers to reduce their carbon footprint.
Carbon footprint is decreasing in air traffic as well: UPS also aims to reduce its carbon footprint with regard to cargo flights. According to Whitlatch, the company is closely monitoring a project in the aviation industry to blend renewable diesel with aviation fuel. “The possibility of blending renewable diesel with aviation jet fuel is highly indicative of the premium quality of the product. To our knowledge, this is currently the most effective and economical way of increasing the utilization of renewable fuel in aviation,” Whitlatch says.