UPS trials sustainable technologies at Expo 2020 Dubai

Global logistics giant UPS has been trialling new and sustainable technologies at the Expo 2020 Dubai event over the last six months.

Peter Harris, vice president of international sustainability at UPS said, “We’re using Expo 2020 as an opportunity to lay out our vision of the future of sustainable urban logistics.”

At Expo 2020, UPS is testing three new technologies. The first are lightweight electric vehicles and electric quad cycles, in partnership with manufacturers Arrival and Fernhay.

“We often work with start-ups because that’s where we find a lot of innovation potential,” Harris said.

In addition, UPS is trialling a combined fleet-scale combined smart grid and energy storage solution, that it claims to be the first such in the world.

Artificial Intelligence is the next element. Harris continued, “We, as society, have to be able to use AI effectively to manage that transition, or we’ll find ourselves forever in a world building bigger and bigger assets to manage the distribution of that power. AI can help us to manage that transition in a much more cost-effective way that allows the transition to take place more rapidly.”

The plans are to start rolling out the new technologies to UPS global operations after the Expo 2020. “After Expo 2020, we’ll be able to turn it into a legacy both in the local business, in the UAE, and globally,” Harris said.

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