OMAHA, Neb., July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Affirming its commitment to protecting the environment now and for future generations, Union Pacific submitted climate change data to CDP and outlined initiatives and investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For the second time, the company also reported on its water consumption and responsible management of this resource in CDP's water questionnaire.
The seventh annual public disclosure details Union Pacific's actions to continuously improve environmental performance, including:
- Investing in locomotive technology to support the rail industry's move toward the U.S. EPA's Tier 4 air emissions standards.
- Managing infrastructure, equipment and operations through training and awareness to increase fuel efficiency.
- Creating a multi-disciplinary fuel conservation team, focused, in part, on addressing locomotive fuel, the company's largest greenhouse gas source.
Union Pacific works with Trinity Consultants to compile its greenhouse gas inventory, and Conestoga-Rovers & Associates verified Union Pacific's 2014 greenhouse gas inventory. Conestoga-Rovers & Associates and Trinity Consultants are independent organizations.
Freight trains, on average, are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. That means moving freight by rail instead of trucks reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 75 percent. Union Pacific can move one ton of freight 475 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel and is working to develop new technology to improve fuel efficiency.
ABOUT UNION PACIFIC
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2005-2014, Union Pacific invested more than $31 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
SOURCE Union Pacific