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CSX boots up new-and-improved 'carbon calculator'


Yesterday, CSX Corp. announced it launched an improved “carbon calculator” on its web site to help consumers and businesses better understand the role freight rail can play in a sustainable supply chain.

The calculator is designed to compare the carbon emissions generated by rail and long-haul trucks on similar routes. Users can choose from a number of variables — including cargo type and volume or route length — to estimate the average carbon emissions reduced by using rail.

The calculator provides shippers an opportunity to better understand the environmental benefits of shipping their goods via rail, CSX officials said in a prepared statement, adding that the tool also shows how intermodal shipments can "drastically" reduce carbon emissions.
The calculator “not only helps our customers make smart supply chain decisions, it also helps educate consumers about the path items take to get to store shelves or their front door,” said Carl Gerhardstein, CSX’s assistant vice president of environmental systems and sustainability.

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