|[March 06, 2014]
BNSF Customers Reduce CO2 Emissions by More Than 30 Million Metric Tons in 2013 Shipping by Rail
FORT WORTH, Texas --(Business Wire)--
BNSF Railway customers continue to make significant reductions in carbon
dioxide emissions by shipping their freight by rail instead of entirely
over the road. In 2013, BNSF customers reduced their carbon dioxide
equivalent emissions (CO2e) by more than 30 million metric tons. That is
equivalent to eliminating the consumption and resultant emissions from
more than three billion gallons of diesel fuel or six million passenger
"Shipping by rail is the most fuel-and resource-efficient means for
moving large volumes of freight long distances over land," said Steve
Bobb, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
"BNSF provides tremendous value in reducing our country's overall
For the sixth year in a row, BNSF provided its intermodal, automotive,
industrial products and agricultural products customers with customized
letters that analyzed their total rail carbon footprint and savings
compred to movements of those shipments exclusively over the road.
Calculations are based on commodity type and weight, and distance
traveled by rail. The calculation also considers the different fuel
efficiencies of trailer, container or carload shipments. The calculation
methodology was developed in consultation with Clear Carbon Consulting.
BNSF moves a ton of freight nearly 500 miles on one gallon of diesel
fuel, which is more than three times as far as trucks. This efficiency
reduces carbon dioxide emissions by over two-thirds when compared to
trucks on a ton mile basis. And, it means that rail, which carries more
than 40 percent of our nation's freight, only accounts for 2.3 percent
of all transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions according to
Environmental Protection Agency data.
BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation
companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two
Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer
goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial
goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and
beverages. BNSF's shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power
American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have
developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient
railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of
the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to
our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about
BNSF at www.BNSF.com.
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