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CSX, Environmental Defense Fund join forces to reduce emissions, save energy


Yesterday, CSX Corp. announced new energy efficiency initiatives as part of its participation in the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps, a program in which MBA student "fellows" work with leading companies to improve energy efficiency.  

As part of the program, CSX identified about $200,000 worth of potential savings, 1.5 million kWh of electricity (enough to power 140 homes), and 940 metric tons of CO2 (or the equivalent to removing 150 SUVs from the road) annually.

EDF's Climate Corps fellow for CSX and CSX employees jointly performed energy audits to understand the lighting and cooling needs of the company's office buildings and yard facilities in Jacksonville, Fla. After completing an energy analysis, the team established that 75 percent of CSX's facility expenditures were related to electricity costs. As a result, the team "built the business case" for making specific lighting and mechanical upgrades that "will reduce electricity use, thereby saving money and lowering emissions," according to a statement issued Sept. 14.

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