International delivery company UPS recently announced it will be running its long-distance tractor-trailers on natural gas in order to save fuel costs and reduce emissions, according to Bloomberg. By switching from gasoline or diesel, the business estimates it can save up to 40 percent on fuel.
The initiative will primarily be focused on the vehicles that make long-haul trips. UPS' goal is to have alternative-fuel vehicles travel 1 billion miles by 2017, Bloomberg reported.
"It's really the vehicles that are on the freeways that burn the most fuel," Scott Wicker, chief sustainability officer for the company, told the source. "Right now, natural gas is the big game changer."
UPS is already on a successful track to becoming more environmentally friendly. Its annual Sustainability Report, released July 25, showed that while its total number of packages shipped in 2012 rose, the company's level of greenhouse gas emissions dropped.
It now plans to buy nearly 1,000 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tractor-trailers in the next two years, Bloomberg reported. This will increase its supply of alternative-fuel vehicles to 2,700.