Amtrak Aims for Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2045

Amtrak has announced a pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its entire network by 2045.

This net-zero target focuses on improving Amtrak’s environmental impact while continuing to safely move passengers across the US.

Amtrak Net Zero
As part of Amtrak’s vision for the future, Amtrak aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the Amtrak network by 2045
Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner said:

“Not only are trains convenient and comfortable, they are also one of the most sustainable modes of transportation. With new equipment, modernised stations and net zero emissions, Amtrak can lead the drive toward sustainable transportation throughout the nation.”

To achieve this net-zero goal, Amtrak has outlined an action plan.

The operator will initially focus on efforts to increase energy efficiency, followed by the implementation of renewable fuels and energy.

This will involve collaboration with state partners and industry researchers to progress innovation in fuel cells, hydrogen, batteries and other more emerging technologies that could replace diesel power.

In addition, Amtrak also aims to use 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030. This will require a continued focus on energy efficiency upgrades to reduce consumption, while gradually meeting all remaining needs using carbon-free electricity through renewable energy generation and power purchase agreements.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said:

“We congratulate Amtrak for this ambitious commitment to further reduce its carbon footprint, cementing its place as a leader in the clean transportation revolution. As we continue working to implement President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we look forward to working with Amtrak to demonstrate the key role of passenger rail in fighting climate change.”

The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has invested heavily in improving and expanding passenger rail, recognising the important role trains play in the future of sustainable transportation.

Funds from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be used to support Amtrak’s target by helping to procure a more sustainable fleet.

Additionally, this funding will help improve and grow Amtrak’s services across the US to create more low-carbon alternatives to flights and car trips.

Amtrak President Roger Harris said:

“We are seeing a new generation of travellers who are conscious of their environmental impact. This is providing a significant opportunity to attract rail riders well into the future.”

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