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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 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 challenged with an aging fleet of delivery vehicles. We are working to optimize our delivery route efficiency and continue to test alternative vehicle technologies.

Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas G. Day commented that, “We are proud that we are on track in four of the five Scorecard goals.  The Postal Service will continue our sustainability efforts and is currently building an outline for 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.