2010 Sustainability Report
Leaner | greener | faster | smarter

Our commitment | Greenhouse gas

USPS climate change goals

Our corporate climate change goals are to reduce scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by FY 2020 against an FY 2008 baseline, and to outperform the international postal sector’s average annual carbon management performance score.

Over the next three years, we will focus on reducing petroleum use and electricity purchases by better matching our employee work hours, mail processing plants and equipment, and delivery routes to decreased mail volumes.

Because of our financial challenges, we are not scheduled to make large capital investments in new equipment or facilities over the next three to five years.

Our most cost-effective initiatives will continue to be those that involve simple ways we can conserve resources and change behavior.

These include encouraging our employees to work on low- and no-cost Lean Green team projects, engaging customers to “skip-the-trip” to the Post Office by using our online services and mobile apps, and collaborating with our suppliers to share data and best practices.

These efforts have huge potential to reduce all of our carbon footprints.