CSX has awarded six customers for their “contributions to reducing carbon emissions through truck-to-rail conversions,” the Class I railroad reported on April 22.
Active Minerals International, LLC; Amazon Logistics, LLC; Cemex, Inc.; Georgia Pacific, LLC; Molson Coors Beverage Company; and Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC were selected to receive CSX’s inaugural Customer Environmental Excellence Award based on their “freight conversions from highway to rail over the previous year.”
The railroad said that it will soon add award categories for total carbon savings (“highest year-over-year percentage of carbon savings versus trucks based on total rail volume”) and for innovation (“customers who have demonstrated the greatest environmental ingenuity through their transportation initiatives”).
“As the most efficient, environmentally friendly mode of transportation by land, freight rail represents a major opportunity for customers to reduce their carbon footprint in pursuit of sustainability goals,” said CSX Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kevin Boone, who is an honoree of Railway Age’s 2022 “Readers’ Influential Leaders” program. “Sustainability is an important theme in our discussions with customers, who have doubled their usage of CSX-provided tools for calculating potential emissions savings from switching to rail from trucks.”
CSX reported that in 2021, all customer freight shipped on its rail lines instead of the highway “avoided 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to the emissions generated from passenger vehicles driving 2.3 million miles.”