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Amtrak measures, records its carbon footprint


Amtrak recently achieved Climate Registered™ status by measuring its greenhouse gas emissions according to the nonprofit registry’s best-in-class program, Amtrak officials announced yesterday.

The national intercity passenger railroad “successfully measured” its energy usage, costs and carbon emissions, had a third party verify its measurements and reported the data on the registry’s website, Amtrak officials said.

The Climate Registry sets standards for businesses and governments to calculate, verify and publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions. The program has helped Amtrak measure its carbon footprint from throughout its operation, including sources such as electricity use, facilities and station operations, and motor vehicles.

“Measuring our carbon footprint with the registry allows us to identify inefficiencies and potential for cost savings and provide meaningful data to customers about environmental performance,” said Roy Deitchman, Amtrak’s vice president of environmental, health and safety. “With the completion of the 2010 greenhouse gas inventory, we have established a baseline against which we can set future goals and prepare for future regulation.”

About 80 percent of Amtrak’s 2010 emissions came from diesel and electric locomotives, Amtrak officials said.

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