Friday, October 23, 2009

U.S. Postal Services Announces Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Reduction Goals

See the Journal of Commerce column..

Announces Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Reduction Goals

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership, the U.S. Postal Service voluntarily conducted an inventory of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The study establishes the baseline for future, annual evaluations to help determine if the Postal Service is meeting its stated GHG reduction goals.

Although the agency is exempt from the recent Executive Order establishing energy guidelines, the Postal Service voluntarily determined its greenhouse gas emissions and is the only federal agency to publicly report them. The study builds on the Postal Service’s long history of environmental stewardship, beginning with the purchase of its first electric vehicle for mail delivery – in 1899.

The greenhouse gas report studied emissions from Postal Service facility and vehicle operations in 50 states and five U.S. territories. The Postal Service also went above the standard requirements for reporting GHG emissions to include emissions from contract air, highway, rail and ship transportation. Because of the size of the Postal Service and the time it takes to do a thorough analysis of emissions, 2007 was used because it provided the most complete and up-to-date data.

The Postal Service's direct GHG emissions total 5.3 million tons, only 1 twentieth of 1 percent of the total GHG emissions in America. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this is roughly the equivalent of 1 million gasoline cars driving an average of 12,000 miles on the road each year.

Contracted transportation represents the source of 52 percent of the Postal Service carbon emissions. Emissions from facilities represent 36 percent. Given that the Postal Service has 43,000 alternative-capable fuels delivering mail across the country, only 12 percent of the carbon footprint is attributed to vehicles.

The Postal Service has stated goals to reduce energy use 30 percent by 2015, reduce petroleum fuel use 20 percent by 2015, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. Achieving electric and fuel reduction goals will be included in pay-for-performance goals for postal managers.

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  1. This is a good move by Postal Service Thanks for healing the environment