Amtrak Aims to Achieve Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2045
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Amtrak's vision for the future, Amtrak has pledged to achieve netzero greenhouse gas emissions across the Amtrak Network by 2045. This net zero emissions target focuses on expanding efforts across Amtrak's entire carbon footprint to reduce environmental impacts from operations while safely moving people.
"Not only are trains convenient and comfortable, they are also one of the most sustainable modes of transportation," said Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner. "With new equipment, modernized stations and net zero emissions, Amtrak can lead the drive toward sustainable transportation throughout the nation."
"We congratulate Amtrak for this ambitious commitment to further reduce its carbon footprint, cementing its place as a leader in the clean transportation revolution," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "As we continue working to implement President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we look forward to working with Amtrak to demonstrate the key role of passenger rail in fighting climate change."
Climate change requires collective action to curb emissions and mitigate irreversible environmental and societal damage. Amtrak plans to take the following actions, which would provide significant benefits to the customers and communities we serve:
Alongside these ambitious goals for the future, Amtrak is continuing to create innovative solutions today that reduce energy consumption, emissions, and waste even further. Examples of this work, along with the company's latest performance metrics for greenhouse gas emissions, electricity use, recycling and diesel fuel use, can be found in the FY21 Sustainability Report and Performance Scorecard which includes Amtrak's Sustainability and Climate Resilience program. Positioning the company to withstand climate impacts across all functions and asset types, the climate resilience plan enables Amtrak to continue providing reliable and safe service as climate conditions change.
Learn more about Amtrak's approach to sustainability at Amtrak.com/sustainability.