Joins Carbon Disclosure Project, Recognized for environmental initiatives
WASHINGTON – Amtrak recently joined the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as part of the railroad’s efforts to contribute to the nation’s environmental health by improving energy efficiency, reducing fossil fuel consumption and attracting more automobile and airline travelers to passenger rail.
“Amtrak participation in CDP highlights our strong commitment to improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon emissions,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman. “Being environmentally conscious is the responsible thing to do and is directly linked to the competitiveness of intercity passenger rail as a mode of transportation.”
CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. For its first submission to the CDP Climate Change Program, Amtrak will report its greenhouse gas inventory from 2010, 2011 and 2012 as well as its climate change strategy.
“In our business, lower emissions and energy use are worthwhile targets and are indicative we are making the right kinds of improvement in our operations,” Boardman said.
In addition to the membership into CDP, Amtrak was recently recognized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for achieving the Bronze level of the APTA Sustainability Commitment by completing a sustainability inventory, implementing green initiatives and setting numeric goals for reducing fuel use in locomotives and electricity at facilities. Amtrak was one of the founding signatories of the commitment in 2009.
“The public transportation industry is committed to sustainability,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “All the organizations recognized are models for other public transportation organizations with reductions in energy, water, and waste.”
America’s Railroad® strives for a greener passenger rail and is building 70 new Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) electric locomotives to replace units that are 25-35-years-old with an average of more than 3.5 million miles traveled. The new locomotives are designed for easier maintenance and will improve energy efficiency by using a regenerative braking system that will feed energy back into the power grid. The new locomotives will operate on the Northeast Corridor along the Washington – New York – Boston route and on the Keystone Corridor from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pa. The first new locomotive will enter revenue service this fall.
Amtrak also has efforts to target fuel conservation and the reduction of power use for locomotives. Examples of these initiatives include improved train handling techniques by locomotive engineers; and reducing the amount of idling time on diesel locomotives through the use of automatic start/stop devices, which cycle the engine on and off depending on air temperature.
Other environmental accomplishments for Amtrak facilities include decreased electricity usage by 3.7 percent in fiscal year 2012 compared to fiscal year 2011 and decreased natural gas usage by 42 percent in fiscal year 2012 compared to fiscal year 2010. According to the most recent edition of the U.S. Department of Energy Transportation Energy Data Book (2012), travel on Amtrak trains is 17 percent more energy efficient that air travel and 34 percent more energy efficient than travel by car. Learn more about Amtrak and Travel Green.
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