Emissions Reduction Goal is First-Ever Commitment to EPA from a Major
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CSX today announced
a plan to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with its vast and economically
vital train operations by 8% per revenue ton mile by 2011. The company made
its commitment as part of its participation in the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders Program, a voluntary program for
businesses to inventory and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
CSX's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Climate
Leaders Program is the first ever from a major U.S. transportation provider.
CSX's commitment will reduce C02 emissions by 2.4 million tons -- the
equivalent of taking 441,000 cars off the road each year, or burning 5,598,000
fewer barrels of oil.
"Freight rail is the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly
surface transportation option. We are pleased to enhance these benefits with
our firm commitment to reduce CSX's carbon footprint," said Michael J. Ward,
Chairman, President and CEO of CSX. "The Climate Leaders Partnership shows
that by working together, business and government can serve our nation's
economic needs while improving our environment."
In CSX's non-railroad operations, the company plans to use building space
more efficiently, improve HVAC systems, and install energy-efficient lighting
and automatic computer-shutdown software.
"As we work to strengthen our nation's infrastructure, stimulate the
economy and compete in a global marketplace, investment in freight railroads
will be critical," said Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. "CSX's
commitment to improving the environmental efficiency of its operations will
further drive improvement in what is already one of the most environmentally
friendly forms of surface transportation and strengthen our country's position
as a global leader of a sustainable economy."
Since 1980, the railroad industry has invested more than $1 billion to
upgrade its fleet with more efficient, Tier II clean air locomotives and has
improved locomotive fuel efficiency by over 80%. 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. CSX has a long
standing commitment to air quality and clean operations.
CSX Transportation Inc. is a principal operating company of CSX
Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the
leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck
transload services. The company's transportation network spans 21,000 miles
with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects
to more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX
Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's web site,
SOURCE CSX Corporation