FedEx said this week it it has added another “green” element to its FedEx Express Envelope: carbon-neutral shipping.
By adding the feature to its envelope, which is already made from 100 percent recycled content and is 100 percent recyclable, FedEx said it will offer carbon-neutral shipping at no extra cost.
That could ruffle some feathers at UPS, which is already running its own carbon-neutral shipping options. UPS charges for the option -- about a quarter on a next-day delivery.
Through its carbon-neutral FedEx Envelope shipping program, FedEx Express will calculate yearly tons of carbon dioxide released through the shipment of all FedEx envelopes. The company will then purchase equivalent amount of carbon dioxide offsets from BP Target Neutral, which will nullify the equivalent amount of CO2 emissions by investing in low-carbon technology and conservation projects, including a landfill gas collection system at Thailand’s first sanitary landfill.
FedEx noted that it has made a variety of investments to become more energy efficient and limit its CO2 production, such as using new electric vehicles. The company said it reduced carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft by 13.8 percent at the end of its fiscal 2011, using 2005 as its comparison point. FedEx also reported that it improved fleet miles per gallon by more than 16 percent over that same time period.