FedEx Explores Sustainable City Mobility Solutions

Newly published Mobility and Accessibility Report highlights sustainable mobility solutions for cities of today and the future

BEIJING, Sept., 17, 2020 — FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest transportation companies, recently supported World Resources Institute (WRI) in releasing the Mobility and Accessibility Program 2020 Report. The annual report serves as part of the FedEx commitment to promote public transportation and sustainable city mobility solutions across the globe.

WRI is an independent nonprofit global think tank that has operations in more than 60 countries. Its mission is to promote collaboration among governments, businesses and civil society to improve transportation, while still protecting the environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. For more than a decade, FedEx and WRI have sought to improve urban environments around the world through research on more efficient and safer urban public transportation.

The Mobility and Accessibility Program 2020 Report presents WRI’s achievements in researching and carrying out ongoing sustainable city mobility in China, Brazil, India and Mexico, as well as an incentive plan to foster young professionals in transportation under FedEx guidance.

The report shows how China’s operational framework for electric-mobility development enables the government to plan and run a green and sustainable electric-bus (e-bus) system. Leveraging FedEx expertise in fleet management, the report evaluates factors such as charging infrastructure, road transportation requirements and variations in battery ranges and charging speeds. Through empirical analysis, the report shares how e-buses are able to raise the operational efficiency of the public transportation system 70% more than diesel buses, allowing the optimization of China’s e-bus system. Based on long-term research in China, the Mobility and Accessibility Program Report created an operational e-bus system guide, which presents e-bus operators with a method to evaluate total cost of ownership, including societal costs and benefits from a global perspective.

“Green public transportation is an indispensable requirement for the development of high-quality mobility,” said Eddy Chan, senior vice president of FedEx China. “That’s why FedEx endeavors to help cities achieve more efficient green operations. We are working with WRI to explore various solutions in the green public transportation field that integrates environmental protection with a sustainable development philosophy.”

In addition to the work in China, FedEx has also assisted WRI in rolling out the “Green Technology + Better Communities” plan in India; promoted methods to improve the public transportation experience in Brazil; formulated new mobility methods in Mexico City; and optimized the public bus system in Mumbai, India and Mexico City. By enhancing the quality of public transportation systems, this program has contributed to quantitative results in efficiency, reliability, safety and energy-savings, directly benefiting 10 million people around the world.

The report also lays out the FedEx Fellowship, which is designed to assist young transportation professionals in learning about advanced transportation solutions. Since its founding in 2010 by FedEx and WRI, this program has provided researchers with a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for exchange at the FedEx headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. By leveraging FedEx expertise in innovation, consistent, and safe fleet and logistic operations, which ultimately drive higher quality and security in sustainable transportation, fellows gain industrial knowledge and can better define their career roadmap.

In as early as 2014, FedEx supported WRI in carrying out specific research on Green Public Transportation and an urban sustainable transportation program to boost the development of China’s public transportation.

FedEx supports an environmentally friendly approach toward sustainable transportation development, and is advancing energy savings and emissions reduction, including decreased CO2 and wider renewable energy adoption. To further improve on sustainable transportation development, FedEx has clearly defined goals including:

  • Reduce aircraft emissions intensity by 30% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline.
  • Increase FedEx Express vehicle fuel efficiency by 50% by 2025 from a 2005 baseline.
  • Seek LEED certification on all new U.S. FedEx Express buildings.
  • Obtain 30% of jet fuel from alternative fuels by 2030.
  • Expand on-site energy generation and continue to procure renewable energy for facilities.

Additionally, in 2018, FedEx launched 48 electric vehicles in 13 cities and environmentally friendly electric freight bikes were adopted in five Shanghai delivery areas in 2019.

“FedEx will continue its social responsibility commitments for the environment by facilitating sustainable logistics actively,” says Chan. “By leveraging our hands-on experience, we can create value for the industrial ecosystem and play our part in improving China’s sustainable transportation.”

Please access the complete Mobility and Accessibility Program 2020 report here.

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World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 60 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. Our more than 700 experts and staff turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.

WRI works on six urgent challenges: water, food, forests, energy, cities and climate. We deliver on these challenges in part through our expertise in business, economics, finance and governance.