Through bold action and innovative approaches, NS is conserving natural resources
and reducing our impact on the environment.
A TRIPLE PLAY FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Teaming up with rail tech leader Wabtec, we’re on track to convert 1,000 locomotives in our road fleet from DC to AC traction by 2025, giving each at least 20 more years of life. These conversions significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions, and drive efficiency and dependability. It’s a sustainability win-win-win, for NS, our customers, and the world.
The upgraded AC-traction locomotives go beyond engine replacement. With smart sensors and energy software, we cut idle time and achieve maximum fuel economy. This means 25% improved fuel efficiency, 40% increased reliability, 55% greater haulage, and 20% less maintenance. These gains drive us toward our eco-goal: 42% emissions intensity reduction by 2034.
ATLANTA HEADQUARTERS LEED GOLD
By 2030, we aim to increase our use of renewable energy to power our offices and operating facilities by 30%. This would save 59,000 megawatt hours, which is a year of power for 6,000 homes. In 2022, we offset emissions from 16,000 megawatt hours, part of which included agreements to purchase 100% renewable energy sources to offset emissions from three operating facilities.
Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our Atlanta HQ. The campus is one of six buildings in Georgia to be certified as LEED Gold version 4. With open spaces, lush gardens, and rooftop terraces, the building maximizes rainwater reuse, and heat reduction. In 2022, it received a Chrysalis Award for green innovation, while the American Chemistry Council recognized it for energy efficiency.