Transportation Fleet Vehicles
Our goal for transportation includes a 10 percent increase in fuel economy from 2008 to 2015 for the combined U.S./Canada fleet. The 2014 US, Puerto Rico and Canada fleet fuel economy was 24.8 miles per gallon.
|Fleet fuel economy (m/g)
Bristol-Myers Squibb's fleet leases vehicles in the United States and Canada. The estimated annual CO2 emissions from these vehicles for 2014 were 16.4 million kilograms and are roughly 5 percent of the total CO2 emissions associated with our operations worldwide. From 2008 to 2014, these emissions decreased 53 percent in absolute terms. A transition to vehicles with four-cylinder engines in the United States is expected to drive progress against this goal.
Our baseline for transportation fuel economy was shifted from 2009 (the standard baseline year for our 2015 energy goals) to 2008. Due to a switch in data tracking vendors during 2009, some data was not accounted for prior to start-up of the new system. Accordingly, we are utilizing the previous year (2008) as a baseline, for which a full set of data is available. The fuel economy for 2008 was higher than that originally reflected for 2009, making the 10% improvement objective more difficult to achieve.
Air Miles Flown
Global data tracked by our corporate travel service indicate that company employees flew a total of 202 million air miles in 2014, representing approximately 36.6 million kilograms of annual CO2 emissions. Between 2009 and 2014, CO2 emissions from air travel have decreased by 24 percent absolute. We continue to look for opportunities to reduce our transportation-related environmental impacts.
We are working with the shippers we use to identify environmental impacts, and to take innovative steps to reduce these impacts. Examples of improvements implemented so far for some of our products, resulting in carbon emission and cost reductions, include:
- changing the transportation mode from air to ocean shipping, and
- enhancing shipping efficiency by modifying tertiary packaging to reduce shipping volume and materials.
With videoconferencing capabilities at Bristol-Myers Squibb facilities worldwide, our employees are conserving energy and reducing pollution, and saving time and costs associated with traveling to attend company business meetings. We estimate that we avoided several million air kilometers and hundreds of thousands of automobile kilometers annually by using videoconferencing. In addition, we realized productivity and cost savings from videoconference meetings. Bristol-Myers Squibb also actively encourages the use of electronic meetings via our intranet as a means for reducing travel.
We offer flexible work schedules to employees, which also helps to reduce local traffic congestion.