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Sustainable freight transportation for your supply chain

Rail is the most environmentally efficient mode of surface transportation, and our customers recognize it as an effective way to reduce carbon emissions.

At BNSF, we are committed to improving the efficiency of our network in a way that benefits both our customers and the environment.

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In 2020, customers reduced total carbon emissions by 24.7 million metric tons by shipping with BNSF. That’s the equivalent of taking five million vehicles off the road.*

480MPGPER TON

On average, BNSF trains can move one ton of freight more than 480 miles on just one gallon of diesel fuel.*

3–4xMORE FUEL EFFICIENT

On average, trains are three to four times more fuel efficient than their highway counterparts and lower greenhouse gas emissions by more than 75%.**

13.1MTONS OF CO2

If 25% of truck traffic moving at least 750 miles went by rail instead, annual greenhouse gas emissions would fall by 13.1 million tons.**

*BNSF Data
**Association of American Railroads Data
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Our customers care

Sustainability is increasingly influencing transportation choices, and the advantages of rail are clear.

By using rail to transport goods, our customers are able to reduce their environmental impact while remaining competitive in the market. That’s what makes a partnership with BNSF so effective.

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Move freight more than three times as far as trucks per gallon of diesel fuel** and lower greenhouse gas emissions

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Manage carbon footprint by managing fuel efficiency and reducing environmental impact

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Generate value and maintain competitive edge by reducing transportation emissions

**Association of American Railroads Data

Partnering in the pursuit of sustainability

Consumer Products
(Intermodal, Automotive)

Removing several hundred trucks from our nation’s highways, one double-stack intermodal train reduces congestion and lowers emissions.

Locating our Logistics Parks near BNSF intermodal hubs in major U.S. consumer centers and anchoring neighboring distribution centers to these facilities provide a more streamlined sustainable supply chain for our customers by reducing the number of truck miles driven and lowering their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Industrial Products

Supporting a “circular economy” through transporting low-carbon renewable fuels, recyclable plastics, low-carbon cement and other reusable composites as well as materials for emerging power sources, such as solar panels and lithium-ion batteries.

Utilizing Logistics Centers and BNSF Certified Sites to increase efficiency.

Agricultural Products

Sustainably transporting low-carbon renewable fuels such as renewable diesel, biodiesel, renewable naphtha, sustainable aviation fuel and renewable jet fuel.

Utilizing Logistics Centers and BNSF Certified Sites to increase efficiency.

Supporting transportation needs for the shipment of renewable fuels feedstocks such as vegetable oils, recycled animal fats, used cooking oils and greases.

Economic Development

Utilizing Logistics Parks, Logistics Centers and BNSF Certified Sites to create a more sustainable, streamlined supply chain for our customers by locating them near growing markets.

Working with local communities on the management and new construction of Logistics Parks to understand the needs and expectations of these communities while also reducing environmental and social impacts and helping support economies with jobs and livelihoods.

Consumer Products
(Intermodal, Automotive)
Industrial Products
Agricultural Products
Economic Development

Removing several hundred trucks from our nation’s highways, one double-stack intermodal train reduces congestion and lowers emissions.

Locating our Logistics Parks near BNSF intermodal hubs in major U.S. consumer centers and anchoring neighboring distribution centers to these facilities provide a more streamlined sustainable supply chain for our customers by reducing the number of truck miles driven and lowering their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Supporting a “circular economy” through transporting low-carbon renewable fuels, recyclable plastics, low-carbon cement and other reusable composites as well as materials for emerging power sources, such as solar panels and lithium-ion batteries.

Utilizing Logistics Centers and BNSF Certified Sites to increase efficiency.

Sustainably transporting low-carbon renewable fuels such as renewable diesel, biodiesel, renewable naphtha and sustainable aviation fuel.

Utilizing Logistics Centers and BNSF Certified Sites to increase efficiency.

Supporting transportation needs for the shipment of renewable fuels feedstocks such as vegetable oils, recycled animal fats, used cooking oils and greases.

Utilizing Logistics Parks, Logistics Centers and BNSF Certified Sites to create a more sustainable, streamlined supply chain for our customers by locating them near growing markets.

Working with local communities on the management and new construction of Logistics Parks to understand the needs and expectations of these communities while also reducing environmental and social impacts and helping support economies with jobs and livelihoods.

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We care

At BNSF, we’re doing more than just helping to reduce our customers’ carbon emissions. We’re also leading the way when it comes to sustainable practices. We’re partners in developing the next generation of locomotives, and we’re testing new technologies that will reduce carbon emissions.

With these efforts and many more, BNSF is committed to reduce our emissions by 30% by 2030.
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Our Strategy: Investing in sustainable technologies

Clean initiatives and technologies take time, money and determination to achieve success. Some will not make it past the drawing board, and those that do undergo significant reengineering. Here are a few initiatives we’re working on now:

Partnering in the development of battery-powered locomotives to reduce our environmental impact, increase our fuel efficiency and lower our operational costs.

We have installed idling reduction systems on 98% of our line haul fleet of locomotives.

In 2007, BNSF was the first U.S. rail carrier to use wide-span electric cranes at our intermodal facilities. These cranes produce zero emissions on-site and significantly reduce the number of diesel-powered hostlers—container-moving trucks within BNSF’s facilities—needed at our intermodal facilities due to a wider range of motion. Today, we operate 26 of these cranes at our intermodal yards and continue to look for opportunities to expand our use of cleaner and more efficient technologies.

Powering some of our facilities with solar energy.

Testing biodiesel and renewable diesel for use in our locomotives.

Analyzing plant species and site conditions with drones as part of the permitting process for a less invasive and more cost-effective approach.

Choosing suppliers who are engaged in sustainable procurement practices as outlined in our supplier guide.

Recycling 2.8 million railroad ties, 1.9 million pounds of batteries and 4.3 million gallons of lube oil in 2020.

Rehabilitating old railroad sites to reduce environmental impact.

Our Ongoing Efforts
We are always pursuing greater sustainability across our railroad. BNSF is committed to:
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Providing customers with a low-carbon option compared with long-haul trucks

Continuing to improve locomotive fuel efficiency and operational efficiency to meet our customers’ needs and on-time performance

Investing in network infrastructure and equipment, such as locomotives, that positively impact the environment and our communities

Reaching our carbon emission targets

Moving Forward Together
Contact us to learn more about partnering with BNSF so you can get on the right track with sustainability.
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