NS improves in 2012 Newsweek Green Rankings

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

In the 2012 Newsweek Green Rankings, Norfolk Southern Corporation moved up 217 spots from its 2011 ranking to 181 on Newsweek's U.S. 500 list.

NS ranked eighth among the U.S. transportation and logistics sector and was 300th on the Global 500 list.

“Norfolk Southern made a significant move up the Green Rankings, improving environmental performance across the board,” Newsweek reported in releasing the rankings online. “The company has improved on its environmental footprint through a number of initiatives that increase the fuel efficiency of its railroad fleet, which generates 86 percent of the company’s total greenhouse-gas emissions. Norfolk Southern has also introduced an emissions reduction target of 10 percent per revenue ton mile by 2014. It has committed to using new technology to improve energy efficiency, including by expanding use of LEADER, an onboard GPS-based computer system, across all its operations by 2014.”

Blair Wimbush, NS vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer, said, “The 2012 Newsweek Green Rankings provide confirmation of Norfolk Southern’s progress toward our goal to achieve industry leadership in fuel conservation, emissions reduction, efficient energy use, recycling, use of renewable materials and environmental partnerships. We strive to ensure that the impacts we leave, social, economic and environmental, are positive for generations to come.”

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