In this episode, available for download at OnPaperSeries.com, Elliott shares how railroads are an energy efficient way to move goods on land, and offers listeners insight into how CSX has helped lead the industry in becoming the most environmentally-friendly transport option. In fact, according to CSX, trains can move a ton of freight more than 436 miles on a single gallon of fuel.
"CSX is an important part of the sustainable supply chain," Elliott states. "And as our customers and consumers in general are increasingly focused on the footprint of a product, the environmental advantage of shipping goods by rail is becoming even more apparent."
As a Charter Member of the EPA Smart Way Program and the first railroad to join the EPA's Climate Leaders Program, CSX is committed to developing long-term, comprehensive climate change strategies. In addition to inventorying its own greenhouse gas footprint, in 2008 CSX launched an online carbon calculator that calculates the carbon dioxide emissions savings of transporting freight by rail, thereby providing shippers and other interested parties the ability to select an environmentally sound shipping option among the many options available.
Additionally, since 2000, CSX has invested more than $1 billion to upgrade its locomotive fleet with technology that reduces both fuel consumption and air pollutant emissions. Through these efforts, the company has improved its fuel efficiency by approximately 90 percent since 1980.
Further demonstrating CSX's commitment to the environment, Elliott shares with On Paper listeners, "As part of the Climate Leaders Program, CSX announced a plan to reduce the company's CO2 emission intensity by 8 percent by 2011. That's the equivalent of taking 441,000 cars off the road each year or burning almost six million fewer barrels of oil."
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