Aggressive. That’s how Postmaster General Louis DeJoy described the new sustainability targets for 2030 from the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The state-owned agency has announced a series of sweeping goals – to slash carbon emissions from fuel and electricity by 40% and reduce emissions from contracted services by 20%.
While circular economy goals include diverting 75% of waste from landfills, increasing recycled content of packaging to 74%, increasing package recyclability to 88%, and increasing renewable energy use to 10%.
Achieving these goals would position USPS as “the most sustainable way to mail and ship”, according to DeJoy, who serves as Chair of the USPS Environmental Council.
Established in 2023, the USPS Environmental Council features a panel of four executives responsible for creating a long-term environmental strategy and overseeing the implementation of the environmental goals and objectives.