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Rail environmental facts

​​It's a fact: Freight rail is the clear solution to a cleaner, greener future. By alleviating highway gridlock, consuming less fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, freight rail provides the affordable, efficient and environmentally-responsible transportation solution we all deserve.

A single CP train takes as many as 280 trucks off tax-payer funded roads, highways and infrastructure –equivalent to 1,100 cars. Trains reduce the pressure to build costly new roads and cut the cost of maintaining our current highway infrastructure

A CP freight train can move a ton of freight an average of 545 miles on a single gallon of fuel. According to an independent study for the Federal Railroad Administration, railroads are on average four times more fuel-efficient than trucks., depending on the commodity and length of the haul

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from railways represent only approximately 3.4% of the total emissions from transportation in Canada.  Between 1990 and 2014, CP's GHG emissions efficiency, measured in CO2e per revenue-ton mile, decreased by 40.1%.

Try our greenhouse gas calculator to see how shipping by rail helps the environment