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USPS Sustainability Scorecard Success

The U.S. Postal Service has 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. We are a self-supporting, independent establishment of the Executive Branch and 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 are on track for three goals, and missed the Energy Intensity target by just one half a percentage point.

Reducing overall petroleum consumption continues to be a challenge because of an aging fleet of delivery vehicles.  Further, the total number of delivery points we must travel to serve our customers continues to grow each year.  We are working to optimize our delivery route efficiency and continue to test alternative vehicle technologies. We also continue to advance our plans for our next generation delivery vehicle.

Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas G. Day commented “We are looking ahead to achieve our 2020 goals.  The Postal Service will continue moving forward on sustainability efforts in the coming years with our voluntary participation in Executive Order 13693: Planning for Sustainability in the Next Decade.”

The Postal Service is committed to be a sustainability leader. Our Annual Sustainability Report shares more information on our sustainability story.