Supplemental funding from Houston-Galveston Area Councilâ€™s (H-GAC) Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles program allowed UPS to replace a like number of big tractor rigs with environmentally friendly alternatives even though the original tractors werenâ€™t old enough for retirement. By converting the 68, UPS is helping the Houston-Galveston region work toward the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s air quality standards.
Since 2002, the Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles program has allocated more than $20 million for projects to reduce vehicle emissions and build necessary fueling infrastructure. These projects alone reduce about 480 tons of NOx from the regionâ€™s air each year. In an effort to improve the regionâ€™s air quality, the program continues to seek partnerships with fleet owners and operators in the region.