Union Pacific noted efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its fifth annual public disclosure to CDP, the Carbon Disclosure Project. The Omaha-based railroad announced it is:
>> Managing infrastructure, equipment and operations through training and awareness to increase fuel efficiency.
>> Pioneering technology that improves fuel efficiency, such as the experimental U.P. 9000 locomotive operating in California.
>> Measuring data, gathering information, setting targets and monitoring achievements toward goals.
>> And engaging with the public, shareholders, customers and employees through direct communications, disclosure and verification of Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, and the company's Carbon Emission Estimator.
Bob Grimaila, U.P.'s vice president of safety, security and environment, said in a statement that the climate change response is an affirmation that “environmental sustainability is a vital consideration in Union Pacific's business planning and practices.”
U.P. said trains are the most fuel-efficient way to move bulk cargo on land, noting that a single U.P. train can replace 300 trucks. The company also said it can move one ton of freight 480 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel.
CDP is a non-profit organization that provides a system for companies and cities to measure, disclose and share environmental information. It works with investors to urge companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources.