Fleets: Sustainability Plans

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Fleet Vehicle Sustainability

Anheuser Busch, FedEx and Amazon all have aggressive sustainability targets, which encompass plans to improve the suitability of their fleets.

Anheuser Busch

  • In 2018, Anheuser Busch launched an aggressive package of 2025 Sustainability Goals, which were focused on the broad categories of renewable electricity and carbon reduction, smart agriculture, water stewardship and circular packaging.
  • Within this proposal, Anheuser Busch set a goal for 100% of its packaging to come from "majority recycled content" or in a format that will be returnable by 2025.
  • Also as part of these goals, the brewing company set a target to reduce carbon emissions across its entire value chain by 25% during the period.
  • Specifically related to fleet sustainability, Anheuser Busch has highlighted its vehicles as a key lever in reaching the company's carbon emissions goal, and has publicly declared plans to convert the company's entire dedicated fleet of vehicles to "zero-emissions vehicles" powered by "renewable energy" by 2025.
  • Notably, in a first step towards this goal, Anheuser Busch recently ordered up to 800 semi-trucks from Nikola that will be hydrogen-electric powered and fully integrated into the company's fleet by 2020.
  • Additionally, the company completed its first delivery from a new zero-emission truck this past November of 2019.
  • Ultimately, Anheuser Busch plans to continue partnering with Nikola and other companies to convert its fleet to electric and other zero-emissions vehicles.

FedEx

  • Similar to Anheuser Busch, FedEx also announced a wide-ranging plan of sustainability goals in 2018, including targets for community investment, renewable energy and LEED certification.
  • For example, FedEx made a commitment to seek LEED certification on all new buildings which support US FedEx Express operations.
  • Although the company announced no specific target for a reduction in carbon emissions, three focus areas of FedEx's sustainability plan are specifically related to carbon reduction.
  • First, FedEx set a target to reduce the emissions intensity of its aircraft fleet by 30% by 2020.
  • Next, the company set a goal to increase the fuel efficiency of FedEx Express vehicles by 50% by 2025.
  • Finally, FedEx set a target to obtain 30% of the company's jet fuel from alternative fuel sources by 2030.
  • Meanwhile, separate from these publicly stated sustainability goals, FedEx is also actively converting its vehicle fleet to electric vehicles.
  • In particular, the company made headlines in 2018 when it completed the largest commercial electric vehicle purchase in the US, by adding 1,000 new electric vehicles to its fleet through the purchase of 100 vehicles from Chanje Energy and the lease of 900 from Ryder System.
  • In generally, it appears that FedEx will also continue adding more electric and other environmentally-friendly vehicles in the future.

Amazon

  • While working within a slightly longer time horizon, Amazon has also established landmark goals related to its carbon footprint, transportation fleet, buildings, renewable energy and other operations functions.
  • For example, Amazon announced a commitment to use 100% renewable energy across all of the company's infrastructure by 2030.
  • Additionally, Amazon announced plans to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint across the entire company by 2040.
  • Within this net-zero carbon footprint target, Amazon is looking to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint for all shipments, with the goal for 50% of shipments to be net-zero from a carbon footprint perspective by 2030.
  • Meanwhile, sustainable transportation is considered a "key component" in helping Amazon reach its net-zero carbon footprint goal, and includes everything from optimizing delivery logistics and using alternative delivery methods to the expansion of its electric vehicle fleet.
  • In particular, Amazon appears to view the continued conversion of its fleet to electric vehicles as central to its sustainable transportation plan.
  • For example, Amazon placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian in September of 2019, with the plan for all of the vans to be operational by 2030.
  • The company has also invested $440 million to accelerate the production of electric vehicles by Rivian, and announced plans to continue "electrifying" future transport fleet acquisitions.

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