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Recognizing Canadian Rail’s Environmental Leadership

Two of Canada’s largest rail operators are being recognized for leading the way on sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) today announced the winners of its Environment Awards for 2019:

“This pilot was a locally-led and employee-driven initiative, and we are so tremendously pleased that after just a few months the reefs have already been colonized by rockfish, crabs and other marine species. We hope to replicate and expand this success across our network to enhance and preserve aquatic ecosystems” said Mitch Beekman, Vice President, Safety and Environment.

“To this point, it’s estimated that there has already been a fuel savings of 19%. Combined with another ‘anti-idling’ initiative, Metrolinx expects to save at-least $2 million a year because of this program,” said Greg Percy, Metrolinx Chief Operating Officer. “We are always looking at ways to become more efficient and lower our operating costs while improving how we move our customers who count on us every day.”

“Rail has long been one of Canada’s greenest transportation modes and RAC members have made significant changes in recent years to further reduce their environmental footprint,” said Marc Brazeau, President and CEO, Railway Association of Canada. “As a result, we had an array of projects of various descriptions to choose from for this year’s awards; these two simply stood out in their respective categories.”

Brazeau added: “We saw over this year’s federal election campaign that environment and climate change ranked amongst Canadians’ top public policy considerations. Canada’s railways share the public’s interest in taking meaningful environmental action and RAC members reflect that commitment in their day-to-day operations.”

RAC’s Environment Awards are presented every two years with winners selected from member submissions.

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