MRS Logística’s locomotive decarbonisation plans

MRS Logística is one of the most profitable railways in Brazil. Here, Luis Deltregia, José Geraldo Ferreira, Milton Brovini and Mario Eiras Filho from the rail freight operator explain how their commitment to sustainability is driving future plans to increase service, while lowering emissions.

MRS Logística (MRS) is responsible for 20 per cent of the export cargo in Brazil. Operating approximately 1,600km of tracks, a fleet of 770 locomotives and 19,000 wagons, our operation model is based on a government concession that allows MRS to use federal assets for a period of 30 years, having done so since 1996. Recently, MRS agreed an anticipated concession renewal for 30 years (up to 2056). This was possible as MRS always focuses on achieving contract goals and serving our customers with efficiency. This new concession period will bring investments of more than 10 billion Reais and will see a deep locomotive fleet renewal on the agenda.

Sustainability at MRS

On a yearly basis, MRS evaluates emissions and publishes an annual sustainability report. In 2021, our scope 1 emissions were 528,7 kCO2e. tonnes, with 98 per cent of those coming from our locomotives. This shows the importance of having a fuel efficiency programme that is always top priority in both our internal goals and our new locomotive technology programme.