Kansas City Southern commits to setting a science-based emissions reduction target - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  January 20, 2021

Kansas City Southern commits to science-based emissions reduction target

Kansas City Southern, a transportation holding company, announced on Jan. 19 that it has submitted a commitment letter to the science-based targets initiative (SBTi) pledging to establish greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The target will align with what climate scientists say is needed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

“Kansas City Southern has long recognized the important role that rail plays in lowering overall transportation emissions,” president and chief executive officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer said in a statement. “Our pledge to issue a science-based target reinforces our commitment to further improving fuel efficiency and lowering emissions in support of a more sustainable North American supply chain.”

Railroads are already one of the most efficient modes of transportation. Moving freight by rail instead of trucks reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75%. By committing to the SBTi, the company is building on steps already taken to lower its greenhouse gas emissions, including actions during its railroading implementation to improve fuel efficiency and investments in fuel-saving technologies.

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