Preserving the natural environment is a responsibility railroads take seriously.

Freight rail is well ahead of other modes of transportation when it comes to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint. Privately owned freight railroads are the most sustainable way to move freight over land. What helps make such a large iron horse locomotive so eco-friendly? Technology. From advanced locomotive technology to zero-emission cranes, freight railroads leverage technology in all aspects of their operations to limit their impact on the environment. Thanks in part to freight rail’s commitment to ever-forward innovations:

  • U.S. freight railroads, on average, move one ton of freight more than 470 miles per gallon of fuel
  • Moving freight by rail instead of truck lowers greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75%, on average.
  • U.S Environmental Protection Agency data show freight railroads account for only 0.6% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and only 2.0% of the transportation-related sources, while accounting for well over one third of intercity freight ton-miles.

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