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3/19/2007



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CSXT joins EPA program to become 'Climate Leader'



Last week, CSX Transportation announced it joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Climate Leaders,” becoming the first railroad to enlist in the voluntary emission-reducing program, the Class I said.

As a Climate Leaders member, CSXT pledges to annually inventory and publicly report its greenhouse gas emissions, and establish a voluntary reduction goal. Created in 2002 by the EPA, the program encourages companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by working with the federal agency to set achievable reduction goals and document their progress.

Since 1980, CSXT has improved fuel efficiency about 73 percent. And during the past five years, the railroad has spent more than $1 billion to upgrade its locomotive fleet with more efficient, environmentally friendly units. In addition, the Class I has reduced annual fuel consumption by 30 million gallons.

"We’ve made significant improvements in our environmental performance even as the nation’s reliance on freight-rail transportation has increased,” said CSX Corp. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working with the EPA … to build on our progress and further reduce emissions.”


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