Energy / Climate Change

August 16, 2004


Yamato Delivery Service Adds Hybrid Vehicles to Further Reduce CO2

Keywords: Climate Change Energy Conservation Non-manufacturing industry Policy / Systems Transportation / Mobility 

Yamato Transport Co., Japan's largest parcel-delivery company, is working to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while sustaining the company's growth. The company drew up the "Yamato Transport Global Warming Prevention Targets" in September 2003, and is taking measures to reduce its CO2 emissions to 99 percent of FY 2002 levels by FY 2012 by cutting CO2 emissions 30 percent per parcel delivered. It aims to achieve this by introducing low-emission vehicles (LEVs), promoting eco-driving and a modal shift to rail and sea transport, and by using hand carts for parcel delivery and collection when addresses are within walking distance.

The first LEVs were introduced in FY 1998, a total of 252 vehicles accounting for 0.87 percent of the company's entire fleet. As a result of efforts to add more LEVs, the total number reached 3,451, or 9.24 percent, by the end of FY 2003. The LEV fleet includes liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles, compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, and hybrid cars.

In FY 2004 the company plans to introduce 791 more LEVs, including 516 hybrid cars, 272 LPG vehicles and 3 CNG vehicles. The aim in introducing mostly hybrid cars is to reduce both exhaust and CO2 emissions. In FY 2003, the company introduced 690 LEVs, including 16 hybrid cars, 665 LPG vehicles, and 9 CNG vehicles.

Posted: 2004/08/16 12:59:08 PM
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