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Taking action through research and development

Taking action through research and development

Sustainability: Past progress, future focus

Sustainability and environmental stewardship have always been priorities for us. And we’ve come a long way. 

Between our fiscal years 2009 and 2020 (FY09 - FY20), our average daily package volume grew by 110%. Even with that incredible growth, we reduced the intensity of our CO2 emissions by nearly 40% on a revenue basis during that same time.  

Now our goal is carbon neutrality by 2040. Here’s how we’re teaming up with industry leaders to accelerate our progress. 

Between our fiscal years 2009 and 2020 (FY09 - FY20), our average daily package volume grew by 110%. Even with that incredible growth, we reduced the intensity of our CO2 emissions by nearly 40% on a revenue basis during that same time. 

Now our goal is carbon neutrality by 2040. Here’s how we’re teaming up
with industry leaders to accelerate our progress. 

Graphic of 2009 and 2020 package volume and CO2e emissions statistics
Graphic of 2009 and 2020 package volume and CO2e emissions statistics

                                                   *on a revenue basis

Helping establish the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture

As part of our $2 billion investment toward carbon neutral operations, we’ve pledged $100 million to Yale University to help establish the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture. There, researchers will focus on offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by removing and storing Earth’s excess carbon. They will explore a combination of short- and long-term approaches, working with other experts in the natural sciences and engineering fields. Ultimately, the goal is to create a portfolio of carbon removal strategies that will impact global emissions across the aviation sector.


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“Addressing climate change is a complex challenge that demands urgent action, and natural carbon capture strategies will be one key part of that action.”

Dr. Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke
Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean

Yale University School of the Environment


Teaming up with BrightDrop to offer electric vehicle systems

BrightDrop, the newest business in the General Motors family, offers electric delivery systems, including motorized pallets and vans. They enable emissions-free deliveries while reducing package touch points and physical strain on delivery drivers.


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“With this new suite of [BrightDrop] products, we will help improve the safety, security, and timeliness of FedEx Express deliveries, while reducing our environmental impact and protecting the well-being of our couriers.”

Richard Smith
FedEx Express Regional President of the Americas


Charitable collaboration aims to get European citizens onto cargo bikes

Cargo bicycles have been identified as a mode of sustainable transport with untapped potential. In many European cities, they present a realistic alternative to private vehicles for short, daily journeys.

We’re working with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and the European Cycling Federation on a project aiming to promote bicycle use as a safe and sustainable alternative to a car.

Now entering its third year, the collaboration will see small fleets of cargo bikes rolled out for public use in Poznan (Poland), Valencia (Spain) and the region of Puglia (Italy) later this year. Through opportunities like these, we’re helping shape public behaviours and empowering citizens to make sustainable choices.


Collaboration with Dutch NGO paves the way for more sustainable transport sector in Europe

Alongside our own journey to meet our goal of carbon neutral operations by 2040, we’re forming relationships to accelerate sustainable solutions for our industry. Together with environmental charity Natuur & Milieu (Nature & Environment), we’ve developed three projects that aim to recognize sustainable solutions and reduce the carbon footprint of logistics across road, facilities, and aviation.

We’re aiming to help small to medium fleet operators electrify their operations, promoting the use of renewable energy and charging infrastructure in distribution centres, and finally, supporting the uptake of synthetic aviation fuel in Europe.

Investing in the health of our global communities

We are using our expertise in logistics and transportation, we’re working with communities and organizations around the world to help design cities that support a more sustainable future. In collaboration with these nonprofits, we are helping create high-quality, sustainable, safe, and innovative transportation solutions for 50 cities in six countries. So far, we’ve reached over 10 million people – and that’s just the start.

Charitable collaboration explores potential of biochar carbon capture

As we ready ourselves for what’s next, our goal to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2040 sees FedEx striving to build a sustainable future from the ground up. Our approach to environmental sustainability pairs internal investment with collaborations that could deliver benefits that reach beyond our own business.

As part of a new relationship with non-profit foundation Compensate, we are helping fund the development of evaluation criteria for projects that seek to increase the quality and scalability of carbon capture using biochar. An alternative to natural carbon capture methods such as forestry-based projects, biochar makes use of wood waste from timber industries to create a material that has the potential to capture and store excess carbon for longer periods.