Keeping the Blue Skies Green

UPS is on track to achieve some pretty ambitious sustainability goals. How are they doing it? Amongst other things, they've taken to the skies.

With a few seemingly simple changes (think better calculated take-offs and landings) and an always-evolving fleet, the company has been able to reduce aviation gallons burned per 100 available ton miles (2011 goals represent a 32% improvement from 1990). Simultaneously, UPS significantly cut CO2 emissions per available ton mile (UPS has achieved a 9% reduction since 2005).


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Optimized Descents

Many flights today are burning unnecessary fuel and creating excess noise because of stairstep descents and extra long flight paths. This visualization shows how GE's flight management system might help to optimize descents, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions at three sample airports.

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