US Postal service reduces carbon footprint

The U.S. Postal Service became a lot greener last year as suggested by its Reduce our Environmental Footprint Go Green Forever. Known globally for sustainability innovations and leadership, the agency reported an 8 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a fiscal year (FY) 2008 baseline. The reduction of 1,067,834 metric tons of CO2 is an amount equal to the annual emissions of approximately 204,000 passenger vehicles.

“These results demonstrate the Postal Service’s commitment to reduce our GHG emissions 20 percent by fiscal year 2020. Our leaner, faster, smarter energy reduction and conservation efforts have placed us more than one third of the way to our goal,” said Emil Dzuray, acting USPS  chief sustainability officer.

Reduced facility energy use represented almost half of the Postal Service’s GHG emissions decrease.”Postal Service employees are laser-focused on reducing energy use at Post Offices and mail processing centers. We are proud to have reduced our facility energy-related emissions 12 percent from FY 2008 to FY 2010 “” enough to power approximately 39,000 average American households for a year,” said Tom Samra, vice president, Facilities.

From FY 2003 to FY 2010, USPS reduced its facility energy use by 29.4 percent, or 9.9 trillion BTUs, an amount equal to the energy used by approximately 100,000 average American households in a year.

The Postal Service voluntarily reported its FY 2010 GHG emissions reduction progress according to Federal Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Guidance. USPS reported a reduction of 9.5 percent in facility energy and fuel use, and 7 percent in contracted transport, wastewater and solid waste. While this is the Postal Service’s first fiscal year federal GHG emissions report, it is the agency’s fourth year of publicly reporting its GHG emissions.

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