Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - September 23, 2022
Amtrak Sets 2045 Goal
Amtrak pledged to achieve net-zero GHG emissions across the Amtrak Network by 2045.
This net zero emissions target focuses on expanding efforts across Amtrak’s entire carbon footprint to reduce environmental impacts from operations while safely moving people.
“Not only are trains convenient and comfortable, they are also one of the most sustainable modes of transportation,” said Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner in a statement. “With new equipment, modernized stations and net zero emissions, Amtrak can lead the drive toward sustainable transportation throughout the nation.”
Amtrak plans to reduce diesel fuel use through advanced technologies: leverage industry-leading research and testing in collaboration with state partners and experts to progress innovation and research in fuel cells, hydrogen, batteries and other zero-emission technologies and achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030: focus on energy efficiency upgrades to reduce consumption and gradually meet all remaining needs using carbon-free electricity through renewable energy generation and power purchase agreements.
“We congratulate Amtrak for this ambitious commitment to further reduce its carbon footprint, cementing its place as a leader in the clean transportation revolution,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “As we continue working to implement President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we look forward to working with Amtrak to demonstrate the key role of passenger rail in fighting climate change.”
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) signifies the important role trains play in the future of sustainable transportation and funds from BIL will be used to support this target by helping Amtrak procure a more sustainable fleet and make other improvements to its aged assets.