Monday, November 09, 2009

CSXT continues pursuit of "green" efficiency measures

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CSX Transportation said Monday it “continues to invest intechnology to make its fleet of more than 4,000 locomotives as efficient as possible. Efficient locomotives, pulling an average of 7 million carloads of freight annually on CSXT, allow freight railroads to be the most environmentally friendly way to move goods over land.”

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“Since 2000, CSXT has invested more than $1 billion intechnology to upgrade its locomotive fleet, allowing for a 90% improvement in fuel efficiency since 1980. This drastic improvement in efficiency has allowed for lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions. We continually research and invest in new technologies that are good for the environment and also meet the needs of our customers," Carl Gerhardstein, CSXT director of environmental systems, said at the "Greening of Transportation" panel discussion at the Fall 2009 Business Advisory Council Meeting hosted by Northwestern University's Transportation Center in Evanston, Ill.

CSXT says it was the first Class 1 railroad to join the EPA's Climate Leaders program, and has been recognized for its commitment to developing and implementing environmentally friendly initiatives.

Gerhardstein also addressed the National Gateway initiative, an $842 million, multistate public-private infrastructure project which will create a more efficient freight rail route between Mid-Atlantic ports and Midwestern markets. "The EPA estimates that moving freight by rail emits three times less nitrogen oxide and particulates per ton-mile than highway transportation--shifting 10% of long-haul freight from the highway to the railroad would reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 12 million tons," Gerhardstein said.

CSXT announced last week that it was the first transportation provider selected to join the Maryland Green Registry, a voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable practices by organizations throughout that state.