Tuesday, June 30, 2009

CSX pledges CO2 emissions reduction

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CSX has announced a carbon dioxide reduction effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8% per revenue-ton mile by 2011. CSX said the move is equivalent to to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2.4 million tons, or taking 441,000 cars off the road each year, or burning 5.6 million fewer barrels of oil.

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"Freight rail is the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly surface transportation option," said Chairman and CEO Michael J. Ward. "We are pleased to enhance these benefits with our firm commitment to reduce CSX's carbon footprint." 

For CSX's non-railroad operations, plans include using building space more efficiently, improving HVAC systems, and installing energy-efficient lighting and automatic computer-shutdown software, Ward said. 

The effort is being taken under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders Program, a voluntary program for businesses.

CSX also noted that by the end of 2009, an additional 1,200 CSX locomotives will be upgraded to further reduce emissions and lower fuel consumption by nearly 10 million gallons.