The CSX Corporation announced that it met a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal a full year earlier than expected. The transportation company originally planned to reduce its GHG emissions by 8 percent per revenue ton mile by the end of this year, but the data reveals that the company actually achieved this goal late last year. To put this into better perspective, the reduction achieved by CSX is equal to removing 296,000 vehicles from the road for an entire year.

This reduction was achieved by making several changes including the use of ultra-low emission GenSet locomotives, using electric cranes and other new technologies at CSX facilities and participation in the National Gateway Initiative.

The GHG emissions reduction goal is part of CSX’s participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program. The Climate Leaders program is “an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to EPA.” Source: EPA

CSX was the first major transportation company to set a GHG emissions reduction goal as part of the EPA Climate Leaders program. Launched in 2002, the program was designed to help businesses of all sizes work to reduce their environmental impact in a way that is both meaningful and measurable. Unfortunately the program stopped accepting new partners in September 2010.

For more information on the GHG emissions reduction goal and other environmental initiatives at the company, visit the CSX Responsibility website.

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