BusinessGreen.com staff, BusinessGreen, Wednesday 7 July 2010 at 00:15:00
Carbon offsetting service to be extended to 35 countries and territories from next week
Logistics and delivery giant UPS yesterday announced that it has expanded its carbon-neutral shipping programme to 35 countries and territories across Europe, Asia and the Americas, allowing its customers to pay a small premium to calculate and offset the carbon emissions associated with their shipments.
The move follows the launch late last year of the company's US carbon offsetting programme, which offered customers the chance to pay fees ranging from $0.05 (£0.03) to $0.75 per package to offset carbon emissions associated with the delivery.
The company said that the new global service will come into effect from the start of next week and will provide business customers with the option of choosing to offset emissions from individual packages or agreeing a contract that will see them offset all emissions arising from UPS shipments.
Initially UPS will continue to purchase carbon offsets from the Garcia River Forest Climate Action Project in the US, but the company said it would now seek to extend its offset purchases to other independently approved projects around the world. …