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Railway Association of Canada releases 2012 Locomotive Emissions Monitoring report

Canada’s railways are on track to meet their greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets by 2015, according to a report released today by the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).

The 2012 Locomotive Emissions Monitoring report documents emissions of GHGs and criteria air contaminants (CAC) from locomotives operating in Canada.

Despite challenges associated with increased fuel consumption among Class I freight railways, rising traffic and volumes, and adjustments to the commodities moved by the railway industry, RAC members are well-positioned to reach their emission-reduction goals.

The 2012 report was completed in accordance with the terms of the 2011-2015 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between RAC and Transport Canada concerning the emissions of GHGs and CACs from locomotives operating in Canada. The MOU encourages RAC members, including Class I freight, regional and local, and intercity passenger railways to voluntarily cut emissions intensity.

The 2012 report is the second report prepared under the 2011-2015 MOU.



Alex Paterson
Railway Association of Canada

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