Amtrak Publishes Its Latest Sustainability Report

Amtrak has released its fiscal year (FY) 2023 Sustainability report, detailing its progress towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045.

In FY23, the operator’s key accomplishments include replacing over a million gallons of fossil fuel with renewable diesel, integrating climate resilience and sustainability measures into capital projects, and planning to construct its first clean energy generation facility.

Amtrak’s FY 2023 Sustainability Report
Amtrak’s FY 2023 Sustainability Report
Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner said:

“Passenger rail is widely recognised as one of the most sustainable modes of transportation, and we are taking steps to make rail even more attractive. The emissions reductions already met, and climate goals set forth in the annual report underline our commitment to providing customers safe and reliable travel while further reducing our already-low carbon footprint.”

Renewable Diesel Adoption

Amtrak successfully replaced over 2 million gallons of fossil fuel with renewable diesel on California’s state-supported Capitol Corridor, Pacific Surfliner, and Amtrak San Joaquins passenger trains.

The Pacific Surfliner travels along a 351-mile route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties
The Pacific Surfliner travels along a 351-mile route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties

This transition resulted in a substantial 63% reduction in GHG emissions, progressing Amtrak’s commitment to cleaner energy solutions and setting a precedent for the future of sustainable rail travel.

Sustainable Practices

In a move to reduce plastic waste, Amtrak eliminated disposable tableware at the Metropolitan Lounge inside Moynihan Train Hall in New York City.

The transition from individually prepackaged products to in-house food preparation and plating led to a 75% reduction in plastic packaging, emphasising Amtrak’s commitment to sustainability in all aspects of its operations.

Electric Bus Integration

Amtrak introduced its first electric bus to the National Network of Thruway service on the Pacific Northwest’s Cascades route.

This initiative is projected to reduce annual GHG emissions by 109 metric tonnes.

Amtrak’s first battery-electric bus
Amtrak’s first battery-electric bus

Climate-Ready Infrastructure

Developing resilient design guidelines for capital and maintenance projects, Amtrak aims to ensure its infrastructure is prepared for changing climate conditions.

These guidelines are part of a broader strategy to enhance the sustainability and resilience of Amtrak’s services, making the rail network more robust against environmental challenges.

Future Goals and Vision

Amtrak is on a mission to connect more people and places across America, with plans to double ridership to 66 million annual passengers by 2040. To achieve this, Amtrak’s Climate Commitment focuses on improving sustainability and increasing resiliency, aiming to offer a viable alternative to cars and planes.

For more information on Amtrak’s sustainability initiatives and to view the full report, open Amtrak’s FY 2023 Sustainability Report.

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