UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced plans to build 15 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to support the purchase and planned deployment of 1,400 new CNG vehicles over the next year. Twelve of the CNG stations will be in new natural gas vehicle deployment areas, and three will replace existing CNG stations with more robust, higher capacity equipment. This purchase represents a nearly 30% increase to UPS's current industry-leading alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of 5,088 vehicles worldwide. The CNG fueling stations and vehicle purchases are part of UPS' ongoing commitment to diversify its fuel sources, implement a fleet infrastructure that can utilize lower carbon intensity fuel sources and increase experience using alternative fuels in freight transport applications.
Stora Enso has joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at the source. The Global Commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastic is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment.
For Stora Enso, signing the commitment is another step to combat the global problem of plastic pollution by providing renewable alternatives. Stora Enso will contribute by cooperating with customers and suppliers to develop circular and low carbon solutions to replace plastic packaging. The materials are based on wood fibres from sustainably managed forests and plantations. This commitment is an example of the increasing demand for alternatives to plastic, also demonstrated by the EU’s recent policy on single-use plastics.
“Stora Enso operates at the heart of the circular bioeconomy and we collaborate with customers and partners to create a sustainable future with less plastics,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso. “We have, for example, developed a renewable, biodegradable drinking straw to replace the traditional plastic straw, and our mouldable biocomposites help reduce the amount of plastic in products.”
The Global Commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastics are supported by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It has also been endorsed by the World Economic Forum, The Consumer Goods Forum (a CEO-led organisation representing some 400 retailers and manufacturers from 70 countries), and 40 universities, institutions, and academics.
Moreover, more than fifteen financial institutions with in excess of USD 4 trillion in assets under management have endorsed the Global Commitment and over USD 200 million has been pledged by five venture capital funds to create a circular economy for plastic.
The Global Commitment aims to create “a new normal” for plastic packaging. Commitments and targets will be reviewed every 18 months, and become increasingly ambitious over the coming years. Businesses that sign the commitment will publish annual data on their progress to help drive momentum and ensure transparency.