Thursday, June 9, 2016
AAR: Freight Railroads Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Expanded use of freight rail offers a meaningful way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without harming the economy. On average, railroads are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. That means moving freight by rail instead of truck reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, freight railroads account for just 0.6 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from all sources and just 2.5 percent of emissions from transportation-related sources.