Norfolk Southern Corporation: Environmental Performance

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Norfolk Southern Corporation: Environmental Performance

Stewardship of resources is central to Norfolk Southern’s business strategy.

Norfolk Southern is committed to sustainable operating practices that reduce costs and environmental impacts. The company’s efforts to improve locomotive fuel economy and energy efficiency, for example, are linked to lowering locomotive diesel fuel and electricity costs and reducing carbon emissions.

With tracks that connect businesses, communities, and people across 22 states, Norfolk Southern has strong ties to the land. NS is committed to reducing and mitigating its impacts on the planet in an approach that connects conservation and capitalism, from support of reforestation in the Mississippi Delta to the preservation of rare longleaf pine habitat and wetlands in the southeastern U.S.


  • Named by CDP as an S&P 500 marketplace leader in carbon disclosure
  • Received innovation and sustainability awards for helping a customer convert freight from highway to rail, reducing its supply-chain carbon emissions and transportation costs 

Learn more about Norfolk Southern’s commitment to sustainable business practices at


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NS Adopts Technology to Promote Safe Driving, Save Fuel
NSSustainability As owner of some 6,000 trucks, SUVs, and cars used in field operations across a sprawling 22-state system, Norfolk Southern ranks as a Top 100 commercial fleet. In 2015, the company piloted a test using telematics technology to enhance driver safety. NS saw improvements across a range of driving performance...
Oct 12, 2016 6:30 AM ET
Norfolk Southern Employee Spotlight: Protect the Planet, Earn a Profit
Josh Raglin, general manager facilities, has helped make Norfolk Southern a U.S. corporate leader in conservation capitalism, a business approach that turns conservation into opportunities for profit. A biologist by training, Raglin manages NS’ Brosnan Forest business center and 14,405-acre woodlands preserve in Dorchester, S.C., near Charleston. In 2008, Raglin helped NS pioneer a...
Oct 5, 2016 8:45 AM ET
Trees and Trains Add Up to Sustainable Business
NSSustainability Report In 2015, Norfolk Southern completed a five-year community partnership to reforest 10,000 acres in the Mississippi Delta, a “Trees and Trains” initiative to mitigate carbon emissions the natural way. Partnering with GreenTrees, a reforestation program, NS invested $5.6 million to plant more than 6 million...
Sep 14, 2016 6:30 AM ET
‘Eco’ Locomotives, ‘Sleeper’ Plug-In Heaters, and ‘Slugs’ Add Up to Lower Emissions for Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern considers it a corporate responsibility to mitigate the environmental impacts of rail operations. Because the consumption of locomotive diesel fuel makes up about 90 percent of the company’s carbon emissions, NS has adopted strategic initiatives to reduce fuel use, which lower business costs and environmental impacts. Following are three things Norfolk Southern did in...
Aug 24, 2016 6:30 AM ET
In New Sustainability Report, Norfolk Southern Outlines “What Efficiency Looks Like”
NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 9, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Cleaner-running locomotives. Greater energy efficiency. Support for safer communities. Fewer workplace injuries. A more diverse workforce. Those are among key achievements highlighted in Norfolk Southern’s new online sustainability report, “What Efficiency Looks Like.” The report details...
Aug 9, 2016 9:00 AM ET