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 4 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 180 kilometres on a single litre of fuel, and in doing so, removes 280 trucks from our congested highways.

 

 

Media Contact:
Alex Paterson
Communications Specialist
Telephone: (613) 564-8111
alexp@railcan.ca


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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