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CN offers shippers a sustainable modal shift 'protocol'


CN recently developed a modal shift protocol designed to foster new carbon-offset project opportunities for British Columbia's transportation sector. Pacific Carbon Trust has agreed to recognize the protocol for modal shift offset projects in the province, which seeks to reduce overall emissions in British Columbia by 33 percent.

The protocol — a detailed, specific set of instructions on how to carry out an offset project — enables companies to offset carbon emissions by shifting freight from truck to rail, according to CN. A protocol might include information on procedures and requirements for project development, operation and monitoring.

“The modal shift protocol is a powerful tool for shippers seeking ways of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and will simultaneously help to reduce heavy truck activity on highways,” said CN President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Mongeau in a prepared statement.

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