Union Pacific to Use Biodiesel to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Railway is already far more sustainable than trucking. Now, Union Pacific raises the green bar even higher by using biodiesel to reduce carbon emissions.

Union Pacific locomotives are getting a biodiesel boost, as Progress Rail approves the use of up to 20% biodiesel blend in certain electromotor-diesel (EMD) series operated by the railroad. 

The Environmental Leader reports that this is another step toward achieving the company’s long-term goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030. 

“The updated fuel recommendation comes after testing high-horsepower locomotives, used for hauling freight long distances, and monitoring performance for things such as fuel consumption, as well as impact on engine oil and fuel filters. Progress Rail is currently undergoing additional testing and development.”

Initiatives that make logistics more sustainable are important as they help other industries reduce their carbon footprint, as well.  

In this way, efforts that Union Pacific and Progress Rail make helps their partners achieve their sustainability goals. Any company that uses rail instead of trucks to move its freight reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75%. 

One train can carry the freight of hundreds of trucks, reducing not only the emissions but also congestion on already gridlocked highways.

Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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