The US Postal Service (USPS) today announced a set of new sustainability goals for 2023, including targets to reduce emissions across the value chain and circular economy commitments to reduce waste and increase recyclability.
According to the USPS, the new goals align with the organization’s 10-year financial sustainability and service excellence plan, Delivering for America. The plan, launched in 2021, aims to reduce operating costs by $5 billion, with initiatives such as reductions in USPS regional and local network transportation by consolidating fewer facilities, moving mail regionally and using less air travel, in addition to measures to insource activities. , including consolidating operations and modernizing facilities. The USPS said each of these initiatives will enable significant reductions in carbon emissions.
Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy said:
“As we transform our business processes and invest in new automation, new technologies and improved facilities and vehicles, we will generate significant efficiencies that reduce our costs, minimize waste across all functions of our operations and reduce our environmental footprint.”
The USPS’ new 2030 emissions targets include reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions, including those from fuel and electricity, by 40%, and Scope 3 value chain emissions by 20%. Initiatives to achieve these goals include shifting freight from air to ground transportation, optimizing delivery routes for trucks and carriers, and purchasing zero-emission, reduced-emission vehicles.
New circular economy targets include diverting 75% of waste from landfills, increasing the recycled content of packaging to 74%, increasing the recyclability of packaging to 88% and increasing the use of renewable energy up to 10%.
The USPS also pledged to increase environmental awareness throughout the organization, with initiatives to educate its 640,000 employees, local communities and federal, state and local partners on its progress, ensure environmental policy requirements are incorporated into operations and provide training tools that are aligned with the policy. and legal requirements for all relevant employees.
USPS Senior Director of Environmental Affairs and Corporate Sustainability Jennifer Beiro-Réveillé said:
“Our customers and partners expect the Postal Service to be efficient and environmentally responsible, and I am proud that our leadership team has developed meaningful sustainability goals and aligned them with our operational efficiency, service improvement and revenue growth initiatives,” she said. “These new goals further our commitment to being the greenest way for customers to post and ship across the country.”