2010 Sustainability Report
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Our commitment | Greenhouse gas

Reducing greenhouse gas

Our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions date back to 1999 when we collaborated with the World Resources Institute and the World Business Center for Sustainable Development to pilot test the now global standard for corporate greenhouse gas accounting.

In FY 2007, we helped pioneer greenhouse gas reporting as a founding reporting member of the California Climate Action Registry.

In 2009, USPS became the first federal agency to publish a third-party-verified greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and the first to publicly commit to a 20 percent absolute reduction for our scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Our greenhouse gas reduction performance, and our efforts to engage and shape public response to climate change, earned us the Climate Action Registry’s 2009 Climate Champion award.

Also in 2009, we collaborated with 20 international post operators to become the first service industry to commit to a 20 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2020, compared to 2008 levels.