Norfolk Southern discloses strategic initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas
NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 9, 2013
NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southernhas disclosed the
railroad's business strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and its
environmental footprint in a filing with the international not-for-profit CDP.
The railroad's annual public disclosure to CDP provides customers, investors,
employees, and communities information about how Norfolk Southern is
addressing potential risks and benefits related to greenhouse gas emissions.
"Norfolk Southern is committed to being an industry leader in environmental
stewardship," said Blair Wimbush, vice president real estate and corporate
sustainability officer. "Efforts to improve our performance and to mitigate
the environmental impacts of business operations are part of daily life on our
railroad. We are proud to offer customers a fuel- and carbon-efficient means
of transporting their goods."
In the CDP filing, Norfolk Southern describes key strategic initiatives to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They include:
opurchasing new, more fuel-efficient locomotives
oexpanding use of idle-reduction and train-handling technologies
omaking infrastructure improvements to increase capacity and fluidity of
the company's major rail corridors, including the Heartland and Crescent
ocontinuing research and development of alternative power, including
renewable biofuels and battery-powered locomotives
oupgrading office buildings, shops, and yard facilities with more
energy-efficient lighting and heating and air-conditioning systems
orecycling older locomotives by equipping them with more fuel-efficient,
Norfolk Southern has made considerable progress toward its goal to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per revenue ton mile between 2009 and
2014. By the end of 2012, the company had reached nearly 69 percent of the
Longer term, the railroad's investments in infrastructure, including
public-private partnerships, are expanding the nation's freight rail capacity
and providing shippers a way to reduce their supply-chain carbon footprint.
For example, by diverting long-haul freight to trains from trucks, Norfolk
Southern's Crescent Corridor – which spans 11 states from Louisiana to New
Jersey – has the potential to reduce greenhouse gases by 1.9 million tons
annually when fully developed.
Norfolk Southern engages with customers and suppliers to share information
about sustainability practices and the railroad's carbon efficiency and
greenhouse gas emissions. In September, Norfolk Southern and rail supplier GE
will co-sponsor their third annual Railroad Sustainability Symposium to
advance discussion of sustainability in the rail industry.
To learn more about Norfolk Southern's efforts to reduce the environmental
impacts of its business operations, visit www.nssustainability.com and view
the railroad's 2013 sustainability report.
CDP, formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project, provides the only global
system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage, and share vital
environmental information. CDP investor initiatives – backed in 2013 by more
than 722 institutional investors representing an excess of $87 trillion in
assets – give investors access to information about companies' greenhouse gas
emissions and strategies for managing climate change, water, and deforestation
Norfolk Southern Corporation(NYSE: NSC) 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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