Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - August 10, 2016
Norfolk Southern reports energy, emissions reductions
Transportation giant Norfolk Southern Corp. on Aug. 9 outlined a series of accomplishments aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The company, which owns Norfolk Southern Railway Company and is a major U.S. transporter of coal, automotive and industrial products, said improving energy use at its facilities is a key area of focus among its broader sustainability goals. In its new online sustainability report, and completed lighting upgrade projects at 31 railroad facilities expected to generate annual energy and maintenance savings of $2.1 million.
"Across our network, we’re upgrading facilities with more energy-efficient lighting and other technologies to make them smarter, greener, and less expensive to operate, " Corporate Sustainability Officer Bruno Maestri wrote in the report. "Our $53-million energy-conversion project at Juniata Locomotive Shop is a good example. With facilities across 22 states, this is a major undertaking that requires identification, prioritization, and investment. It won't happen all at once, but we are committed to the task and focused on making progress, one step at a time."
The company also outlined emissions reduction initiatives. Amonrng them, Norfolk Southern said it has rolled out a new class of low-emission locomotives at rail yards in Atlanta and Chicago; introduced a customer plug-in engine heating system at rail yards that reduces unnecessary locomotive idling in cold weather; and adopted a five-year goal to improve locomotive fuel efficiency, which will contribute to the company's goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Norfolk Southern's full report is available on its website.