The NS Green Machine: How Shippers Can Reduce Their Footprint

Feb 16, 2016 8:05 AM ET
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Norfolk Southern offers an easy way for shippers to calculate how they can reduce supply-chain emissions by moving their goods by rail.

The company’s carbon footprint analyzer - the “Green Machine” - enables shippers to compare greenhouse gas emissions of intermodal and rail versus truck over specific routes. The calculator is accessible on Norfolk Southern’s corporate website.

Using the calculator, shippers can enter data, including cargo tonnage and origin and destination points, to quickly compare the environmental benefits of using rail vs. highway. The calculator uses industry averages of locomotive and truck fuel efficiencies based on studies by the Federal Railroad Administration. On average, trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks and generate 75 percent fewer emissions.

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