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Our approach to innovating operations

Our approach to innovating operations

Working to deliver a more sustainable future

Our approach to sustainability focuses on three key ideas: reduce, replace, and revolutionize. We're focused on reducing emissions and waste, replacing older technologies and vehicles, and revolutionizing our fleets and facilities. This approach enables us to use our resources efficiently and responsibly.  


See how we’re progressing toward sustainability in each of these key areas:


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In the skies: Modernizing and innovating our aircraft

With almost 700 planes, we use a lot of jet fuel. It accounts for about 61% of our emissions footprint.

Taking responsibility

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  • Reducing fuel through FedEx® Fuel Sense

Reducing fuel through FedEx® Fuel Sense

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  • Replacing aircraft with more efficient planes

Replacing aircraft with more efficient planes

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  • Innovating with biofuels

Innovating with biofuels

Seeing results*

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  • Saved around 255 million gallons of fuel

Saved around 255 million gallons of fuel

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  • Avoided more than 2.38 million metric tons of CO2e emissions

Avoided more than 2.38 million metric tons of CO2e emissions

These results are the equivalent to one year of greenhouse gas emissions from 516,976 passenger vehicles.

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On the ground: Upgrading and optimizing vehicles

Our ground transportation fleet includes more than 200,000 vehicles, and over 100,000 of them are company owned.

Taking responsibility

Reducing miles driven and fuel used through:

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  • Best-practice driving behaviors

Best-practice driving behaviors

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  • Electric-vehicle adoption

Electric-vehicle adoption

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  • Autonomous vehicles and robots

Autonomous vehicles and robots

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  • Intermodal rail use

Intermodal rail use

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  • Mobile command centers

Mobile command centers

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  • Optimized routes

Optimized routes

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  • Advocating for clean technology

Advocating for clean technology

Seeing results*

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  • Saved 53.2 million gallons of fuel

Saved 53.2 million gallons of fuel

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  • Avoided 548,076 metric tons of CO2e emissions

Avoided 548,076 metric tons of CO2e emissions

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  • Deployed 4,091 electric and alt-fuel vehicles

Deployed 4,091 electric and alt-fuel vehicles

These results are the equivalent of a year of emissions from 119,196 passenger vehicles and a year of electricity emissions from 99,554 homes.

Innovation in action

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Meet the fleet of the future

As we work toward a sustainable future and carbon neutral operations by 2040, we're innovating to introduce more efficient ways to power and use our vehicles. Electric vehicles and other unique delivery devices will help us get there.

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Exploring a new way to deliver same day

Autonomous last-mile delivery might sound like something from a sci-fi movie. But it’s becoming a possibility with Roxo, our delivery bot that maneuvers stairs, climbs curbs, and even uses turn signals to communicate.

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Innovating to shrink our footprint

Cities across Europe are enacting new transportation rules and regulations to combat air pollution. Learn how we are responding with eco-friendly delivery options, like e-bikes and specialized hand carts.

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In our facilities: Designing to conserve energy

With more than 5,000 air and ground hubs, local stations, freight service centers, and retail locations, we have to operate efficiently to reduce their environmental impacts.

Taking responsibility

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  • Designing and constructing facilities for efficiency

Designing and constructing facilities for efficiency

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  • Upgrading lighting

Upgrading lighting

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  • Pursuing on-site renewable energy 

Pursuing on-site renewable energy 

Seeing results*

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  • On-site solar electricity generation:
    • 26 solar facilities generated more than 24.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy

On-site solar electricity generation:

  • 26 solar facilities generated more than 24.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy

This result is the equivalent of the carbon sequestered by 21,000+ acres of forest in one year.

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  • Lighting retrofits and energy management systems:
    • Saved more than 238 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2020
    • Avoided 193,462 metric tons of CO2e emissions

Lighting retrofits and energy management systems:

  • Saved more than 238 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2020
  • Avoided 193,462 metric tons of CO2e emissions

These results are the equivalent of avoiding the CO2e emissions from 35,000+ homes electricity use for one year.

Innovation in action

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A new kind of climate control

See how FedEx Office saved 22 million kilowatt hours of energy in one year with an energy management system.

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Keeping our cool

Learn about the Florida FedEx Ground facility that uses the light and heat of the sun to keep temps down. 

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Saying aloha to solar power

Discover how we’re powering one FedEx Ground site in Maui with solar panels and batteries.

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With our packaging: Using materials that are reusable, recyclable, and made from recycled content

We deliver more than 15 million packages each business day, on average. FedEx-branded packaging represents 72% of the material we purchase—the largest category by volume. 

Taking responsibility

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  • Minimizing materials used in our packaging

Minimizing materials used in our packaging

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  • Working with customers to optimize packaging size and weight

Working with customers to optimize packaging size and weight

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  • Maximizing recycling to conserve resources and reduce waste

Maximizing recycling to conserve resources and reduce waste

Seeing results*

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  • FedEx-branded cardboard packaging is 100% recyclable and composed of 45% recycled content.

FedEx-branded cardboard packaging is 100% recyclable and composed of 45% recycled content.

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More paper and packaging facts

FedEx-branded packaging is:

  • 80% third-party certified, which promotes responsible forest management, protects against deforestation, and supports biodiversity.

We choose certified paper.

  • 99.8% of all paper purchased by FedEx Office during FY20 was third-party certified.

We actively recycle.

  • 69% of the solid waste generated in our operations was sent to recyclers.

Innovation in action

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From worn to warm

Read about team members in São Paulo, Brazil, who worked with a local business to repurpose old uniforms into blankets.

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Packaging that makes—and takes—an impact

See how this retailer worked with the FedEx Packaging Lab to develop innovative wine packaging that’s protective and sustainable.

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Five regions with a single focus

Our concentration on sustainability doesn’t waver based on where we’re operating. Here’s a look at how we’re working around the globe to protect the planet.

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Canada

Making sure our drivers use “eco-driving” practices saves gas and reduces emissions, helping to protect the air we breathe. In Canada, our drivers are making a difference by accelerating slowly, easing off the gas before braking, and not idling. Read more about what we’re doing in Canada

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Latin America and Caribbean

Traffic can be bad in big cities, and trucks contribute to poor air quality. We’re using electric and alternative-fuel vehicles in Brazil and Chile, and we're upgrading our trailers, trucks, and tractors in Brazil for more fuel efficiency and lower emissions. See more details about other initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Europe

In Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Madrid, and Paris, we’re limiting our vehicles and emissions in busy city centers. Our newest approaches, like cargo bicycles, will help us improve congestion, limit impacts, and navigate narrow streets in up to 600 European cities. Find out about these and other environmental strategies in Europe

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Middle East, India, and Africa

We design facilities to keep energy, water, and materials use to a minimum. Our FedEx Express India headquarters in Mumbai is LEED Gold certified. We have ISO 14001 certifications in nine countries. And we even have an on-site solar energy facility in South Africa. See what else we’re doing in the Middle East, India, and Africa.  

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Asia Pacific

Our growing retail network in this area reduces impacts like emissions and traffic congestion. Plus, we’re using alternative fuels, deploying electric vehicles, and opening solar facilities to minimize environmental impacts throughout the more than 30 countries and territories in this region. Learn about other sustainability initiatives in the Asia Pacific region.  

*Source: 2021 Environmental, Social, Governance Report (Unless otherwise noted, data covers each of our operating companies and all geographies in our 2020 fiscal year, which ended May 31, 2020.)