CSX Renews Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 15, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX)
today announced the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) equivalent to
up to 21 million pounds of CO, part of the LEED certification process for
CSX's headquarters building. The RECs will offset emissions from the company's
Jacksonville headquarters for two years by supporting carbon reduction
"Combined with implementing operational adjustments, investing in new
technologies and building key partnerships, the purchase of these RECs and
LEED certification contribute to CSX's focus on lowering emissions and
improving environmental sustainability across our company," said Carl
Gerhardstein, assistant vice president, health, environment and
sustainability. "We're reducing our environmental footprint by setting
ambitious goals, supporting carbon reduction projects and implementing
sustainable energy solutions at new and existing facilities."
CSX purchased 16,133,690 kWh worth of RECs and 1,361.96 MtCOe (metric tonne
carbon dioxide equivalent) in carbon offsets, equivalent to planting nearly
245,000 trees or removing more than 1,800 passenger cars from the road for one
year. The RECs were purchased through Renewable Choice Energy, and will be
used to encourage further development of the renewable energy market and
renewable energy projects. RECs are the industry standard for accounting for
renewable energy product; one REC is equivalent to 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh)
of clean energy.
The LEED certification process at the company's headquarters is emblematic of
efforts across CSX's 21,000-mile network. For example, in Worcester,
Massachusetts, two new CSX buildings feature solar panels to heat water and
power the building. These facilities also utilize hybrid electric cranes,
which run primarily on rechargeable batteries. This practice saves energy,
improves local air quality and also reduces noise.
At the Jacksonville Intermodal Terminal, CSX installed energy-efficient LED
fixtures on high mast light poles, the administration building and the gate
canopy. Together, these lights reduce energy consumption by 25 percent. CSX
also joined community-owned utility company JEA's InVest Smart Business Energy
Updates program, designed to help business make cost-efficient transitions to
more environmentally-friendly energy options. CSX's changes resulted in
utility credits of nearly $20,000 through the program.
Investment in technology, core to CSX's operational philosophy, supports
environmental stewardship as well. Solar panels in CSX's Queensgate yard in
Cincinnati, Ohio are monitored via an interactive dashboard that catalogs the
company's energy usage against historical baselines to gauge operational
These recent additions continue CSX's commitment to continuous improvement in
environmentally-friendly operations. In 2010, CSX met its voluntary goal to
lower emissions intensity by 8 percent – nearly one year ahead of schedule. In
2012, the company announced another ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions intensity by 6 to 8 percent by 2020. The company also continues to
incorporate high efficiency, low emission locomotives throughout its network.
Shipping freight by rail is three to five times more fuel-efficient than
alternative means, as one train can transport one ton of freight approximately
450 miles on one gallon of fuel.
For detailed information on CSX's environmental and energy initiatives, visit
CSX's corporate social responsibility site at www.csxcsr.com.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading
transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck
transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately
21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and
two Canadian provinces. CSX's network connects more than 240 short line
railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information
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