Which Large Companies Are Actively Using Biofuels?
Burning gasoline (petrol) and many other fuels are thought to be one of the leading causes of global warming or climate change, additionally increasing pollution. Gasoline is an extremely toxic and highly flammable liquid. When it is burned, it lets off vapours containing damaging substances such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, particulate matter, and unburned hydrocarbons, which all are damaging to us, and hugely contribute to air pollution. One of these gases (carbon dioxide) is also a greenhouse gas, which causes global warming. Greenhouse gases are called greenhouse gases as they allow sunlight to pass into the atmosphere but block heat from escaping the atmosphere, like how a greenhouse would work. This effect would initially cause global warming, which is a huge global issue that we must campaign on to prevent.
There are many different causes of global warming, however, petrol use is one of the main causes. To prevent global warming through petrol use, many people have switched to powering their vehicles with other power sources such as electricity and biofuel. Biofuel is a fuel that is produced from natural waste or biomass using a biomass boiler. Biofuel can successfully power vehicles, additionally to creating clean electricity. Biofuel, when burned, does not produce any greenhouse gases, therefore does not damage the environment. Many large companies who actively use large amounts of electricity and fuels are pressured regarding their environmental impact, therefore have switched to other methods such as biofuel. This way the companies can continue to provide their excellent services without damaging the environment or being pressured about their carbon footprint. In this, we have listed a few of the many companies who are actively using biofuel to power their services.
UPS (United Parcel Service)
UPS is one of the worlds largest postal companies, delivering packages to more than 220 different countries across the world, therefore, transport for distribution is one of the most important things to keep the business running successfully. In total, UPS has approximately 240 aircraft, and around 106,000 cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles to its name. As you can image, running all of these vehicles would require a substantial amount of fuel, which would be extremely damaging to the environment. That is why UPS are largely involved in the use of Biofuel. UPS has been at the forefront of alternative and more energy-efficient transportation energies to fuel its fleet of vehicles. In 2015, it was recorded that UPS had logged over 500 million miles on it’s 5,000 alternative fuel vehicles. We can only assume that figure in 2019 would be much higher. This was the same year that UPS had also agreed in July to purchase up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels.
Companies regularly using transportation for their services often are pressured about their carbon footprint, this includes many public transport companies, airlines, and international postal companies. The impact that many of these companies could make by switching to alternative power sources could make an outstanding difference in global warming and pollution. By UPS itself gradually switching to sustainable fuels, it is a large step towards the prevention of global warming.
FedEx Corporation is another world-renowned postage company that is faced daily with pressures regarding their use of damaging fuels. Before its investment in biofuels, the companies carbon footprint was unfortunately quite impressive, spending around $3.7 billion on fuel for its vehicles. In 2014, major changes were then made when the company then claimed to have approximately just over 1000 alternative fuel vehicles. The company also made plans to rely on biofuels for 30% of its jet fuel by 2030. Two years later in 2016, FedEx then forged an agreement with a Colorado-based firm called Red Rock Biofuels to purchase alternative jet fuel. This massively supported their goal to obtain 30% of jet fuel from alternative sourced by 2030. In FedEx’s 2016 global citizenship report, it was stated that Red Rock is contracted with FedEx to supply three million gallons of biofuel a year. This agreement will be blended to supply FedEx with seven million gallons of alternative jet fuel annually between 2017 and 2024. This means at least 48 million gallons will be produced under the agreement. Regarding the agreement, FedEx chief executive Fredrick Smith said: “As a heavy user of fossil fuels, we know how important it is to reduce our consumption and make trade-related energy more sustainable. Respect for our environment makes this an imperative. And reducing reliance on oil lessens the market volatility that slows growths.”
United Airlines (United Continental Holdings)
Airlines have always been at the forefront of pressure regarding environmental sustainability, additionally to dealing with erratic fuel prices, that is why United Airlines is now investing in loosening that stranglehold. Alternatively, to entering a purchasing agreement with one or more biofuel suppliers, they are investing in an alternative energy future. In June 2015, the airline announced that they would invest $30 million in FulCrum Bioenergy, a waste-to-jet biofuel company. While United Airlines investment doesn’t actually tie the airline to biofuel purchases, the two companies have signed an agreement where they will have the opportunity to purchase up to 90 million gallons of biofuel a year for 10 years. On average, an airplane produces approximately 53 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, so think how much that is compared to how many miles airplanes travel, how many airlines there are, and how many plane journeys there are per year. If airlines switched to using biofuels, the environmental impact of airlines would be greatly reduced and pollution would be massively reduced. Biofuels would also incredibly slow down the process of global warming
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