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 carried close to 70 per cent of the intercity surface goods and 75 million passengers last year, they produced just 5 per cent of our country’s transportation-related 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. Just one of these fuel-efficient locomotives can haul a tonne of goods 198 kilometres (2012) on a single litre of fuel, and in doing so, removes 280 trucks from our congested highways. 


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

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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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Locomotive Emissions Monitoring

The Locomotive Emissions Monitoring Program (LEM) data filing is completed in accordance with the terms of the 2011-2015 Memorandum of Understanding (2011 – 2015 MOU) signed on April 30, 2013, between the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and Transport Canada (TC) concerning the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and criteria air contaminants (CAC) from locomotives operating in Canada. MORE >