Nova Scotia Achieves CDP Climate Action Leadership Rating

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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

Nova Scotia has improved locomotive fuel efficiency by 5% in 2020 and an additional 3% since the start of the year.

Norfolk Southern (NS) received an A- rating for leadership in corporate sustainability from CDP, a global environmental non-profit organization.

Nova Scotia attributed this achievement primarily to its “pursuit of a science-based emissions reduction target for efficiency.” Earlier this year, the Class I railroad pledged to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG (greenhouse gas) intensity by 42% by 2034 from the base year 2019; NS noted that it had reduced carbon intensity by 7% in 2020 alone. Another factor in his leadership rating at CDP, NS said, is his continued involvement in forest carbon projects and efforts to provide clean energy for NS facilities.

Nova Scotia also reported improving locomotive fuel efficiency by 5% in 2020 and 3% more since the start of the year. He is now looking to further increase the fuel efficiency of locomotives and increase the use of biofuels.

CDP is an internationally recognized organization that operates a global environmental disclosure platform that assesses companies on their climate performance and transparency. It has marked 11,759 companies around the world this year for their climate change efforts and disclosures. Scores are based on data reported via the CDP questionnaire.

Josh Raglin, Nova Scotia Chief Sustainability Officer

“Reducing our carbon footprint is essential to the way we operate our business – it’s good business and it’s good for the planet,” said Josh Raglin, Director of Sustainability at Norfolk Southern. “Whether it’s more efficient locomotives or setting ourselves ambitious goals, we aim to make the most environmentally friendly way of moving freight overland even more sustainable. Importantly, our efforts also have a positive impact on the carbon footprint of our customers’ supply chain operations.


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