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USPS Sustainability Scorecard Success

The U.S. Postal Service recently released its Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Sustainability/Energy Scorecard. The OMB Scorecard is a report card system from Executive Order 13514Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance — which directs federal government agencies to publicly report their sustainability goals. Our operations are funded by revenue from sales of products and services — not taxpayer subsidies received as Congressional appropriations. As a result, we are not required to meet the sustainability requirements in Executive Order 13514. Yet, whenever possible, we voluntarily set specific goals and adopt internally-binding policies that seek to meet requirements applicable to federal agencies. The U.S. Postal Service reports annually on the following fiscal year goals:

Reducing Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020

Reducing Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020

Reducing facility energy intensity 30 percent by 2015

Reducing potable water intensity 26 percent by 2020

Reducing total postal vehicle petroleum fuel use 20 percent by 2015

We have achieved our interim goals and are on track to achieve all goals except for the postal vehicle petroleum usage goal. The Postal Service has continued to make great strides in reducing energy and water intensity. In fact, we surpassed both goals this year.

Reducing overall petroleum consumption continues to be a challenge because the total number of delivery points we must travel to serve our customers continues to grow each year. Further, we are faced with an aging fleet of delivery vehicles and lack the capital funds to replace or upgrade them in the near future. We are working to optimize our delivery route efficiency and continue to test alternative vehicle technologies.

The Postal Service showcases our commitment to capturing many greenhouse gas emission sources by reporting on additional scope 3 emission sources such as contract transportation, which is a large part of our scope 3 emissions profile. For more details please see our 2013 Annual Sustainability Report.

We are proud to announce our participation with the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay® program, a partnership of transportation suppliers committed to better fuel use performance.

Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas G. Day notes that, “While our fiscal challenges are significant, we are proud that we are on track in four of the five Scorecard goals. And in 2013, we surpassed two of the goals with notable reductions in energy and potable water intensity. We will continue to press forward by fostering innovations and achieving legislative changes to provide a pathway for greater sustainability in all aspects of our business.”

Our unique mission is to deliver mail to every community in America. We are a self-supporting independent establishment of the Executive Branch that funds its operations from revenue generated by sales of products and services—not taxpayer subsidies received through Congressional appropriations. For more information please see our OMB Scorecard.