2010 Sustainability Report
Leaner | greener | faster | smarter

Our commitment | Greenhouse gas

The Postal Service delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail, which requires a large operational footprint — more than 215,000 vehicles and 33,000 Post Offices and plants.

Because of our size and reach, the Postal Service has a significant opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.

We’re making significant progress. In addition to reducing our scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions, which are direct emissions from USPS vehicles and facilities, and scope 2 emissions, which are indirect emissions from electricity and steam used at our Post Offices and plants, we are working to reduce scope 3 greenhouse emissions.

These are indirect emissions from electricity transmission and distribution losses, employee business travel and commuting, contracted waste and wastewater disposal, and contracted mail transport vehicles — planes, trucks, cars, trains and ships.

Continuous improvement toward reaching all of the sustainability performance goals discussed in this report will help us reduce our carbon footprint.