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UP reports enviromental sustainability efforts


Union Pacific Railroad submitted climate change data to CDP, outlining the Class I’s initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company announced late last week.

For the second time, UP also reported its resource management and consumption of water under CDP’s water questionnaire, UP officials said in a press release.

UP’s seventh annual public disclosure details its actions to improve its environmental performance. The company’s efforts include:
• investing in locomotive technology to support the rail industry’s move toward meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions standards;
• managing infrastructure, equipment and operations through training and awareness to increase fuel efficiency; and
• creating a multi-disciplinary fuel conservation team focused, in part, on addressing locomotive fuel, which is the company's largest greenhouse gas source.

UP works with the Trinity Consultants to compile its greenhouse gas inventory, while Conestoga-Rovers & Associates verified Union Pacific's 2014 greenhouse gas inventory. Conestoga-Rovers & Associates and Trinity Consultants are independent organizations.

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