CSX awarded climate award for its emissions reduction programme
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry have named CSX as a 2021 Climate Leadership Award recipient in recognition of the company’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, CSX is a premier transportation company, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.
The company has earned the prestigious award in the category for greenhouse gas GHG emissions reduction goal setting, which has established the company as a sustainability leader not only among transportation companies, but across American industry.
Raghu Chatrathi, CSX’s Senior Director of Public Safety, Health and Environment, said: “CSX is proud to receive this recognition, which is a testament to the commitment of our leadership, the knowledge and skill of our environmental team, and the daily implementation of our emission reduction strategies by railroaders across the company.”
The Climate Leadership Awards recognised “exemplary corporate, organisational, and individual leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change in operations and strategies,” according to the Climate Leadership Conference organisers.
“Being a climate leader and advocate for ambitious action means taking the steps today that set up opportunity for the future,” said Nathaniel Keohane, President of C2ES. “The Climate Leadership Awards recognise only those that aim high and have plans in place to achieve their goals. CSX has shown exactly that kind of foresight and set an example among its peers.”
Specifically, C2ES and The Climate Registry cited CSX’s goal to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions intensity by 37.3 per cent from 2014 to 2029, which equates to an absolute emissions reduction of 2.5 per cent annually. This goal is in alignment with the Paris Agreement and was validated by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) in 2020. Units of emissions intensity are metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents per million gross tonne-miles (the movement of one tonne of freight over one mile).
CSX has consistently set and exceeded ambitious GHG reduction goals through the implementation of locomotive fuel conservation technologies and the execution of efficient operating principals, which has made it the nation’s most fuel-efficient Class I railroad. The company’s sustainability strategy recognises that the reduction of GHG emissions has a direct correlation with the operational efficiencies that drive business success.