It will happened to you, for once in your life, for lack of time or just for curiosity, to shop online. Comfortably sitting on your couch, you get into your favorite site, you selected what you needed with a simple click and in a very short time the courier knocked on your door. But... did you know which is the real environmental and economic impact of this type of simple, convenient and fast shopping?
The latest innovation in terms of savings comes directly from UPS, the American freight forwarding company that works in many countries all over the world, the fleet of brown vans with yellow writing that invade every day the streets of our cities carrying different packages, boxes and documents. There is only one rule in order to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel: never turn left, unless it is absolutely necessary.
The reason? Drivers spend most of their time stopped at the intersections, waiting for the right opportunity to turn left in full respect of the road traffic, which means not only a waste of time but also the risk of having an accident, an increase in CO2 emissions and an unnecessary waste of fuel. For this reason all UPS' means of transport have a special navigation software that, on the basis of delivery points, trace the optimal route excluding as many left-hand turns as possible, even if this means (in some cases) that routes are sometimes longer than they have to be. With this technique the international shipping company uses 38 million liters less fuel, emits 20.000 tonnes less carbon dioxide and delivers 350.000 more packages every year.
But that's not all. UPS is also able, in this way, to cut the number of trucks it uses by 1.100, bringing down the company’s total distance travelled by 46,000 kilometers. UPS drivers don’t turn left but, surely, this will not solve the problems of traffic and pollution in the city, but one step at a time, or rather one van at a time, #letsgreentheplanet!