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FedEx to Fund Transportation Projects in Mexico, Brazil, India

FedEx will provide $1.4 million over two years to EMBARQ – the World Resources Institute’s sustainable transport arm – to provide technical expertise on sustainable transportation projects in cities in Mexico, Brazil and India.

This grant is a continuation of FedEx’s collaboration with EMBARQ’s Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico, which began in February 2010 with a $500,000 grant to help Mexico City’s Metrobus optimize its vehicle operations.

Through workshops, field visits and direct consultation, EMBARQ transport planners and FedEx global experts will team up to provide support to developing cities in fuel and vehicle technologies, vehicle asset management and real-time user information systems.

FedEx also hopes to provide expertise from its delivery operations to help EMBARQ map more efficient transportation routes. The project in Mexico will also work to train hundreds of bus drivers on key safety principles.

EMBARQ and FedEx have also launched the EMBARQ-FedEx Fellowship, a two-year program to equip promising staff in EMBARQ’s Mexico, Brazil and India offices with the knowledge to complete the FedEx funded projects. The fellows recently completed a 10-day training at FedEx’s corporate headquarters in Memphis, Tenn.

According to its latest sustainability report released in July, FedEx cut all three scopes of greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 to 2010.

Scope 1 emissions fell by seven percent, from 14.1 million to 13.2 million metric tons, scope 2 emissions fell by six percent, from 1.07 million to .997 million metric tons and scope 3 emissions by 11 percent, from 1.13 million to 1.01 million metric tons, according to the report.

Photo credit: Mani Babbar

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