The Environment

Canada's railways embrace environmental stewardship as an important part of their corporate commitment, and make significant investments every year in new technologies aimed at reducing their environmental impact.

Ever-increasing fuel costs and environmental concerns have made rail transportation more attractive than ever. While Canada’s railways carry close to 70 per cent of the intercity surface goods nearly 82 million passengers each year, they produce just 1 per cent of our country’s greenhouse gas emissions. That's because railways continue to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure each year, and have purchased new locomotives that they maintain in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Today's railways move one tonne of freight one kilometre for less than three cents. 


Media Contact:
Alex Paterson
Public Affairs Coordinator
Telephone: (613) 564-8111

To learn more about LEM Program, click here.

RAC is part of the Industry Association Council (IAC) Network for Business Sustainability (NBS).
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NBS report:
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To see the difference that you can make by shipping your freight with rail, we invite you to use the RAC's Rail Freight Greenhouse Gas Calculator, click here.

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