The Environment

Canada's legacy of profound scenic beauty is recognized around the world and Rail is a part of that legacy. Rail embraces environmental stewardship as an important part of its corporate commitment and makes significant investment every year in the pursuit of innovation and new methodologies with the goal of reducing its environmental impact.

Ever increasing fuel costs and concerns for the environment have tipped the transportation scales away from road and back to Rail. In fact, while Rail carried more than 70 per cent of surface goods and more than 73 million passengers last year, it is responsible for only 3 per cent of transportation sector-related GHG emissions and emits 79-85 per cent less particulate matter per tone-km of freight hauled - far less than any other mode of land transportation. That's because railways have been investing billions of dollars of their revenue in their own infrastructure, purchasing new EPA-compliant locomotives and maintaining them to EPA standards. This means that one train can haul a ton of goods 180 kilometers on a single litre of fuel and in doing so, remove 280 trucks from our congested highways.



Media Contact:
Alex Paterson
Communications Specialist
Telephone: (613) 564-8111

RAC joins the Industry Association Council (IAC) Network for Business Sustainability (NBS).
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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.

How Railways Can Assist in Improving Canada's Environmental Performance. Download the PDF 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 >