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USPS Sustainability Report Card 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 13514 — Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance — which directs that federal government agencies publicly report their sustainability goals. As a self-funded federal agency, the Postal Service isn’t required to meet all of the federal sustainability requirements in Executive Order 13514; however, where possible, USPS voluntarily follows federal objectives.

The U.S. Postal Service reports annually on the following goals:

Reducing Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

Reducing Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by FY2020

Reducing facility energy intensity 30 percent by FY2015

Reducing potable water intensity 26 percent by FY2020

Reducing total postal vehicle petroleum fuel use 20 percent by FY2015

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 confronted by an aging fleet of delivery vehicles and the lack of capital funds to replace or upgrade 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 2012 Annual Sustainability Report. Verified emissions counting is key to our new USPS BlueEarthTM Product Carbon Accounting Service. This proprietary innovation enables our business customers to measure and manage carbon impacts across their supply chains.

Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas G. Day notes that, “We are proud that we are on track in four of the five Scorecard goals. And in 2012, we surpassed two of the goals with impressive reductions in energy and potable water intensity. We will continue to press forward on meeting and surpassing these goals in the coming years.”

Our unique mission is to deliver mail to every community in America. We are a self-supporting agency 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.