BNSF and the Environment

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BNSF and the Environment

At BNSF, we believe it is good business and good citizenship to minimize our impact on the planet and to contribute to the long-term sustainability of every community we serve. Railroads are by far the most environmentally friendly mode of surface transportation, and BNSF is a leader in the rail industry for the protection of our air, land and water.

BNSF plays a vital role in our nation's economy. Rail carries more than 40 percent of our nation's freight, and what we transport touches nearly every individual in all walks of life: grain, soybeans, lumber, steel, plastic, ethanol, coal and more. We do this while reducing emissions, saving fuel and relieving highway congestion.

Rail also provides a tremendous opportunity beyond fuel efficiency and sustainability: it reduces supply chain costs, allowing American businesses to be more competitive in the global market. A BNSF train can move one ton of freight 500 miles on just one gallon of diesel fuel.

Find out more about BNSF's commitment to the environment.

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BNSF Provides Highlights on Carbon Emissions in Sustainability Report
Summary:  BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) released its first sustainability report based on the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines in late 2014. This report addresses material issues important to BNSF stakeholders and its business. The first edition of BNSF’s GRI provides information on the contributions it is making today and what it is working to achieve in the...
Jan 28, 2015 11:00 AM ET
BNSF Issues First Report Based on Global Reporting Initiative G4 Guidelines
BNSF Railway recently released its first sustainability report based on the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines. This report addresses material issues important to BNSF stakeholders and its business.       “Our first GRI report reflects BNSF’s leadership in making rail more efficient and sustainable than other modes of freight land transportation,” said BNSF Vice President of...
Dec 29, 2014 10:00 AM ET
Building on the Environmental Advantage of Rail
BNSF is committed to building on the environmental advantage of rail transportation. Shipping by rail is the most fuel- and resource-efficient means for moving large volumes of freight long distances over land. It provides tremendous value in reducing our country’s overall transportation emissions and carbon footprint.
Jun 20, 2014 11:00 AM ET
Partnership with BNSF Helps Tribes Restore Bison on the Northern Plains
To members of the Lakota tribe, the bison (American buffalo) is a sacred symbol embodying both life and abundance. Its importance to them historically was immense, both in legend and everyday life. "It provided us our shelter, our food, our weapons, our toys. We played with the toe bones, that we called bone horses, and we made the ribs into sleds," says...
Oct 24, 2013 12:00 PM ET
BNSF Listed Among "Green Supply Chain Partners"
BNSF Railway was recently listed among Inbound Logistics magazine's top 75 "Green Supply Chain Partners" for this year. The magazine recognized BNSF’s for its plans to test the use of natural gas as fuel in locomotives. Later this year, BNSF will begin testing the feasibility of using natural gas to fuel locomotives.  BNSF has made a substantial investment in the acquisition of 3,000...
Jul 23, 2013 11:30 AM ET

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