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Rail environmental facts

By alleviating highway gridlock, using less fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, rail provides the affordable, efficient and environmentally-responsible transportation solution we all deserve.

Transportation by railway is the most economical and environmentally responsible mode of moving freight long distances over land. A single train takes approximately 280 trucks (the equivalent of 1,100 cars) off tax-payer funded roads, highways and infrastructure. Trains reduce the pressure to build costly new roads and cut the cost of maintaining our current highway infrastructure.

According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), railways are on average four times more fuel-efficient than trucks, depending on the commodity and length of the haul, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 75 percent.

GHG emissions from the railway industry represent only five percent of transportation-related GHG emissions and a corresponding total of only one percent of Canada's annual GHG emissions.  

CP has undertaken numerous initiatives to improve operational efficiencies and reduce our carbon footprint. These include infrastructure improvements, upgrades to our locomotive fleet for optimal performance, the use of renewable fuels in our operations and implementing energy-saving changes and initiatives at CP facilities across our network.

CP has reduced its annual GHG emissions by approximately 15 percent since 2015. Between 2014 and 2016, CP has reduced electricity use by 32 percent and natural gas use by 28 percent.