ATLANTA, Dec. 16, 2008 - For the ninth consecutive year, UPS and its employees have led the nation in supporting the annual United Way campaign. 

With more than 249,000 individuals participating, UPS employees and retirees pledged more than $53 million to United Way during this year's campaign, more than any other participating company. UPS's matching contribution, to be determined early next year by The UPS Foundation, is expected to push UPS's total donation for 2008 over $60 million.

Last year, UPS's total contribution to United Way after calculating the company's match totaled $60.8 million. Since 1982, including this year's pledges, UPS and its employees have donated an astonishing $924 million.

"Year after year, UPS continues to raise the bar in terms of generosity and an unwavering commitment to community," said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way of America. "At a time when the need around the world, and at home, has never been more compelling, UPS and its employees responded and are changing lives. We couldn't be more proud of our partnership with UPS and of the opportunities we're creating together for a better life and brighter future for everyone."

In addition to financial contributions, UPS employees and their families also volunteered their time and talents to their communities, donating more than 900,000 hours of time through Global Volunteer Month and UPS's Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. The latter is a company-wide volunteer initiative that matches employees and their families with volunteer opportunities based on their interests, skills and availability. UPS also donates loaned executives to several local United Way affiliates across the country.

"Even in this tough economy, the spirit of giving is alive and well at UPS," said Scott Davis, the company's chairman and CEO. "The support of our employees is unwavering because we all recognize that the United Way's efforts to improve lives and communities are more important than ever."

About the UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation's major initiatives include programs that support community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2007, The UPS Foundation donated more than $46 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit for more information about UPS's community involvement. UPS has contributed more than $924 million to United Way over the past 25 years.

FedEx Express and Modec have unveiled a state-of-the-art electric commercial vehicle, the first of 10 to be added to the FedEx Express fleet for use in the United Kingdom over the next few months.

The vehicles, manufactured by UK-based Modec, are heralded as the future of urban vehicle manufacturing and are designed specifically for commercial operation in urban environments.

The distinctive zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles will be the first to join the FedEx Express fleet in the UK and will operate in the greater London metropolitan area.  The vehicles feature a large, removable battery pack and can travel up to seventy miles on one overnight charge.

The new vehicles are part of a growing fleet of more environmentally-friendly FedEx Express vehicles that includes more than 170 hybrid electric vehicles worldwide—the largest hybrid fleet in the transportation industry—and supports the company’s commitment to improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its aircraft fleet by 20 per cent per available ton mile by 2020.

“We continue to utilize innovative technology to provide the best possible service to our customers, while at the same time reducing our impact on the environment,” said Adam Psarianos, vice president, Operations, FedEx Express Northern Europe.  “The introduction of these 10 vehicles to our UK fleet is a smart, strategic investment for FedEx and supports our ongoing efforts to foster the commercial development of viable new technologies that improve the environmental performance of the transportation industry.”

FedEx Express selected Modec due to the superior performance and handling of its vehicles, which are ideally suited to the company’s operations in urban environments. Modec’s focus on the requirements of stop-start, urban-duty cycles and traffic conditions mean that the cab is designed for quick and easy entry and exit, maximising driver comfort and productivity.         

“We are delighted to have this order for ten Modec vehicles from FedEx,” said Jamie Borwick, chairman of Modec.  “Operating this fleet of electric vehicles in urban environments is the best use of technology and proves FedEx is using the right tool for the right job.  Soon we will see FedEx-branded Modec vehicles in London.” 

FedEx Express also announced last month that it has achieved ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 14001 2004 certification for environmental management for its facilities located throughout the United Kingdom.  The ISO 14001 2004 certification is an internationally recognised standard granted to companies that meet a stringent set of demands for environmental management.

“It is great that these super zero emission vehicles will be introduced onto London's streets. Vehicles such as these help to improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and cut climate change emissions, making the capital cleaner and greener,” said Boris Johnson, mayor of London. “I am keen to promote a massive increase in low carbon vehicles across London to both play our part in tackling climate change and help to create a green economy.”

Highlights of International Transport Forum 2008 published

Following the success of its first annual meeting which gathered Ministers of Transport from 51 countries along with key players from business and industry, from research and civil society, the International Transport Forum has published its proceedings under the title 2008 Forum Highlights – Transport and Energy: The Challenge of Climate Change. This publication consolidates the input from policy makers, leading industry representatives, top scientists and others from the transport sector during the three day Forum held from 28-30 May 2008 in Leipzig, Germany. “At the Forum, we initiated an important dialogue which we want to continue. The success of our first event is an encouragement and a positive sign to build on for the future”, said Jack Short, Secretary General of the ITF, while presenting this publication in Paris on Tuesday.

The release of the Forum Highlights comes at a key moment with the UN Climate Change Conference taking place this week in Poznan, as well as the ongoing negotiations in the European Union to achieve agreed objectives in the fight against climate change. At the conclusion of the International Transport Forum 2008, ministers released a set of key messages calling for a strategic approach in meeting the energy and climate change challenge to the transport sector and the importance of realistic policy measures that can encourage improved energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. “For transport to first limit and then reduce its emissions, a combination of policy and technological advances is needed,” Mr Short explained.

Some of the key events of the Forum included in this publication are addresses by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Nobel Prize winner Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Four workshops were held on energy efficient technologies, passenger behavior and reducing CO2 emissions in freight/goods transport as well as in emerging countries. The output of these workshops fed into the panel discussions giving representatives of both government and industry an opportunity for a lively exchange on these issues. A summary of the panel discussions and the final key messages supported by the Ministers of Transport can be found in the 2008 Forum Highlights. Other focal points reviewed are the awards given to young researchers, fields visits, a children’s university and an exhibition of new technology and eco-driving.

The Forum Highlights publication is available from in English, French and German either as a print version or e-book.

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - December 12, 2008) - Ryder System, Inc., a global leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced the launch of its RydeGreen(SM) Hybrid straight truck line, now available for order by Ryder lease customers. The Hybrid offering enhances the Company's established line of fuel efficient RydeGreen(SM) tractors and trailers, launched in the fall of 2007.

Ryder's RydeGreen(SM) Hybrid is a medium-duty straight truck, featuring the Navistar® MaxxForce™ DT diesel engine and the Eaton® Hybrid Electric System integrated into the International® DuraStar™ Hybrid chassis. When traveling at low speeds, the Hybrid electric motor supplies power to the truck resulting in reduced fuel consumption and emissions. According to International®, the truck has the potential to provide up to 30 to 40 percent improved fuel efficiency in standard in-city pick up and delivery applications. Diesel emissions are dramatically reduced when the vehicle is operating in Hybrid mode on battery power.

"The RydeGreen(SM) Hybrid offering meets the needs of fleet managers and business owners looking for innovative ways to dramatically improve fuel efficiencies and reduce emissions," said Tony Tegnelia, President of Ryder's Global Fleet Management Solutions. "We will continue to leverage the latest technology to meet increasing customer demand for environmentally sound fleet solutions."

In addition to the new lease offering, a limited supply of RydeGreen(SM) Hybrid straight trucks will be available in January 2009 for rent to commercial customers at select Ryder rental locations in the U.S.

For additional information about Ryder's environmental programs and practices, visit

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Ryder provides leading-edge transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions worldwide. Ryder's stock is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard Poor's 500 Index. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

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