NS Seeks to Cut Greenhouse Gases 42%

Norfolk Southern said it has set a goal of reducing green house gas emissions by 42 percent by 2034.

NS said the figure applies to scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions based on baseline figures from 2019.

Locomotive fuel accounts for more than 90 percent of the railroad’s carbon emissions.

It said it increased fuel efficiency by 9.4 percent between 2016 and 2020, avoiding approximately 1.3 million metric tons of emissions.

At the same time it retired more than 700 locomotives last year that were older and less fuel efficient.

Other steps taken include rebuilding locomotives into lower-emission “Eco” models; a DC-to-AC program creating more efficient locomotives; equipping locomotives with energy-management technology; and replacing diesel-powered cranes at intermodal facilities

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