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USPS Energy Use Down 9% From 2005 to 2008

USPS energy useIn its first-ever sustainability report, the U.S. Postal Service showed a decrease in total energy use of 9 percent from 2005 to 2008. In 2008 the agency used 123 million gigajoules, compared to 131 million GJ in 2007, 134 million GJ in 2006 and 136 million GJ in 2005.

The USPS reduced energy use at its facilities by 18 percent from 2005 to 2008, or about 14 percent per piece of mail delivered, according to the 2008 Sustainability Report: “Delivering a Greener Tomorrow.” (PDF)

Overall vehicle energy use, however, rose by 5 percent during the period, while the agency’s use of alternative fuel rose by 61 percent.

The USPS did not release 2008 GHG emissions from Scope 1, 2 or 3 sources.

Last year, the agency generated 455,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste, while recycling 232,000 metric tons.

The agency succeeded in increasing by 79 percent the metric tons of electronics reused or recycled from 2005 to 2008. Last year, the agency reused or recycled 1,348 metric tons of electronics, compared to 755 metric tons in 2005.

The agency is also increasing opportunities for the public to recycle junk mail and other paper. The agency now has nearly 4,000 post offices with lobby recycling, up from about 3,250 in 2005.

In October, USPS released an inventory of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to establish a baseline for future annual evaluations to help meet its goal to reduce GHG emissions 20 percent by 2020. The Postal Service also has set goals to reduce energy use 30 percent and petroleum fuel use 20 percent by 2015.

According to the report, based on an analysis of emissions in 2007, the Postal Service’s direct GHG emissions totaled 5.3 million tons, which is 1 twentieth of 1 percent of the total GHG emissions in the U.S.

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5 thoughts on “USPS Energy Use Down 9% From 2005 to 2008

  1. How lovely. The PO just changed the rules for their bonuses and guess what? Yep saving energy is a bigger to get their bonuses. Now if we can get them to put into their bonus formula something about running a business into the ground the cycle will be complete.

  2. If you read the entire report in detail, you will see that the USPS does specifically call out scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions for 2007 (page 2). Furthermore, they provided additional breakdown of Scope 1 and 2 between owned vehicles, contract vehicles, and facilities.

  3. Ishmael…so what is your point? My point (and I work there in a high level job) is the PO only cares about the bonuses, not service. Go get a copy of what each District has to do to be able to hand out bonuses..service is not there and sadly service is all we have to offer..you dont get the point at all do you?

  4. Or let me put it another way, buying vechiles that reduce emissions is great but how is this tied; in any way, to anyone getting a bonus? Now do you get my point? Every supervisor and manager gets PFP based upon the rules THAT THEY MADE UP. Hard to lose when you set the rules.

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