UPS has teamed up with the University of Dublin’s Trinity College in a five-year partnership to drive sustainable solutions for Dublin.
The new partnership will see the launch of two initiatives at Trinity’s campus in the city center. A UPS urban eco package hub will act as a mini distribution center for parcel deliveries, which are now distributed on foot and via UPS electrically assisted cargo cycles. Meanwhile, Trinity students and staff can collect their online shopping parcels on campus 24/7 thanks to new lockers operated by Parcel Motel, a UPS company.
“UPS is committed to addressing the environmental challenges facing the logistics sector by partnering with influential organizations,” said Andy Smith, UPS Ireland country manager. “This collaboration with Trinity College Dublin will help us deliver a more sustainable future for Dublin, reducing carbon emissions on campus and in the city, while inspiring students to develop ideas that will benefit the local community for years to come.”
The introduction of the on-campus urban eco package hub complements UPS’s existing eco package hub on Wolfe Tone Street in Dublin, which has been operating since 2017, and allows the company to make up to 720 delivery stops a day via more environmentally friendly vehicles in the city. Through these hubs UPS has eliminated the use of five diesel delivery vehicles in the city center, easing congestion and reducing CO2 emissions by up to 45%.
Under the new partnership, Trinity students will also have the opportunity to participate in UPS internships and graduate programs at any one of its European locations, along with a range of sustainability workshops and projects being developed by the organizations to generate sustainable ideas for the future.