Shipping millions of packages around the world on airplanes and trucks is a carbon-intensive business that delivery giants such as FedEx and United Parcel Service have struggled to control. In the past, they’ve fallen far short of goals to use more hybrid-electric alternatives (even as FedEx promoted its environmental efforts), as Bloomberg News reported in December.
Now, the shipping industry appears to be making some subtle progress. In recent months, three of the biggest delivery companies—FedEx, UPS, and DHL have released environmental data that show their overall emissions of global warming gases are declining slightly. This is particularly notable at FedEx and UPS, where a slight dip in emissions has come amid overall business growth.