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compliance with statutory policies
4. Postal Service-Owned Transportation
*Excludes vehicles in storage pending disposal
5. Mail Transport Equipment
Mail transport equipment (MTE) consists of sacks, trays, lids, pallets, and wheeled containers that enclose and transport mail. The Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) program is an out-sourced, production-oriented, volume-driven integrated network of 22 MTE processing facilities. MTESC contractors collect, sort, repair, store, and distribute MTE to internal and external Postal Service customers for processing, transporting, and delivering the mail. The Mail Transport Equipment Support System (MTESS), a redesigned Postal Service software application, integrates and manages the network. The MTESC network is undergoing transformation to streamline processing and reduce operating costs.
The independent and externally administered Customer Satisfaction Measurement (CSM) system consistently shows high marks, from both Premier and National managed accounts, for the availability of serviceable MTE.
1. Environmental Programs
a. Environmental Management Systems
Environmental Management Systems (EMS), based on International Organization for Standardization 14001 specifications, provide an efficient framework for managing environmental responsibilities and compliance with various levels of legislation. EMSs are being implemented nationwide to provide risk-based identification of high priority areas and structured, systematic tools to manage these programs. The Seattle Bulk Mail Center has taken a lead in this effort by developing and implementing a cost-saving shrink-wrap recycling program.
b. Energy Achievements
The Postal Service utilizes telemetering to collect comprehensive energy usage information automatically via electronic systems. These data are essential to monitoring the achievements of energy projects and progress toward the goals of Executive Order 13123, Greening the Government through Efficient Energy Management. Telemeter data can also be used real-time by Postal facilities to monitor and control energy use and minimize costs.
2. Facility Energy Projects
In 2004 energy efficiency retrofit projects were identified at more than 50 facilities in the Pacific Area. The work included building retrofits of lighting, heating, cooling and air compressor systems, and onsite electricity generation by photovoltaic panels. These retrofits, valued at more than $28 million, required no up-front capital investment and will be completely paid off by energy cost savings in less than 10 years.
These projects will reduce electricity consumption for all included sites by 35 million kwh annually and will result in annual emission reductions of more than 9.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide and more than 13,200 pounds of nitrogen oxides. Other energy efficiency projects underway include a combined heat and power system in Florida, a chiller replacement and lighting retrofits in Georgia, and a lighting pilot project in Virginia.