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Canadian railroads on pace to meet emission-reduction goals, RAC says


Canadian railroads are on track to meet their greenhouse-gas (GHG) reduction targets by next year, according to a report recently released by the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).

The 2012 Locomotive Emissions Monitoring Report documents emissions of GHGs and other air contaminants from locomotives operated in Canada by Class Is, regionals, short lines and passenger railroads. Despite members' challenges associated with increased fuel consumption, rising traffic and adjustments to the commodities moved by rail, the report shows the railroads are well positioned to reach their emission-reduction goals, RAC officials said in a press release.

The GHG emission intensity targets for 2015 are: Class I freight, a 6 percent reduction from 2010 levels; intercity passenger, a 6 percent reduction from 2010 levels; and regionals/short lines, a 3 percent reduction from 2010 levels.

The 2012 report was completed per the terms of a 2011-15 memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the RAC and Transport Canada concerning locomotive emissions. The report is the second prepared under the MOU, which encourages RAC members to voluntarily reduce emissions.

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