Communities, customers benefit from Norfolk Southern's progress on
NORFOLK, Va., July 16, 2013
NORFOLK, Va., July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Communities, customers, and other
stakeholders served by Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC)have benefited from the
steady progress the railroad made in 2012 toward achieving its goals in
corporate sustainability. The railroad's gains include reducing emissions of
greenhouse gases and advancing its Trees and Trains tree-planting initiative.
Norfolk Southern highlights these and other activities in its 2013
sustainability report, "Connections," released today on the company's
environmental website, www.nssustainability.com. The sixth annual report
highlights Norfolk Southern's commitment to best practices of corporate
environmental, economic, and social responsibility. The exclusively online
report is more interactive and user friendly than previous reports, featuring
a Report Builder function and greater access on handheld tablet devices.
In addition to environmental progress, the report documents how the company is
contributing to the economic and social vitality of communities in the eastern
U.S. through support of business development, charitable giving, employee
volunteerism, and a well-paid workforce.
"As a leading freight carrier, our railroad must invest in the communities we
serve, and we must be a responsible steward of our environment," said CEO Wick
Moorman. "Adherence to those two principles has enhanced and affirmed our
understanding of the connections between our long-term business success and
the health of our communities, our environment, and our employees."
A few highlights from the report:
oNorfolk Southern reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent in
2012, reflecting ongoing efforts to improve network operating
efficiencies, reduce locomotive fuel use and emissions, and lower energy
usage at railroad office buildings and facilities. By year's end in 2012,
Norfolk Southern had accomplished nearly 69 percent of a 2014 goal to
reduce carbon emissions by 10 percent per revenue ton-mile of freight
oNorfolk Southern hired more than 2,400 new employees in 2012, and the
railroad's Norfolk Southern Foundation donated a record $6.98 million to
local communities for human services, environmental conservation,
education for children, and arts and culture.
oNorfolk Southern completed 40 percent of its $5.6 million Trees and Trains
carbon-mitigation initiative to reforest 10,000 acres in the Mississippi
Alluvial Valley. Since its launch two years ago, Norfolk Southern has
expanded efforts to help restore longleaf pines and American chestnut
trees to their historic Southeastern U.S. ranges.
oNorfolk Southern has equipped more than 70 percent of the railroad's
locomotives with idle-reduction technology, and more than half of its
long-haul locomotives have computer-based technologies installed to help
engineers achieve maximum fuel economy. Diesel-burning locomotives
generate around 90 percent of Norfolk Southern's annual greenhouse gas
emissions, and the railroad has a range of strategic initiatives in place
to improve fuel- and network efficiencies.
"Trains always have been the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly
form of surface transportation," Moorman said. "Today, we're working hard to
reduce our greenhouse gas emissions even further."
The report also features "Sustainability in Action" profiles on employees who
have helped Norfolk Southern accomplish sustainability successes in the
workplace and in communities the railroad serves throughout its 22-state
"The active participation of our employees is embedding sustainability into
our operational fabric," said Blair Wimbush, vice president real estate and
corporate sustainability officer. "That's the real success of sustainability –
employee engagement leading to ongoing industry leadership in safety,
operations, and environmental stewardship, all playing out in daily railroad
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation
companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates
approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia,
serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides
efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the
most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of
coal, automotive, and industrial products.
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SOURCE Norfolk Southern Corporation
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