CN unveils updated greenhouse gas calculator

by Canadian Shipper

MONTREAL, QC–CN has unveiled an upgraded online greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) calculator that estimates total carbon emissions for shipments across multiple modes of transportation.

The new calculator, located at, generates carbon-emission estimates for shipments using a combination of vessel, rail and truck – such as containers moving internationally from Asia to North American destinations along CN’s network – or domestic shipments using a combination of rail and truck or a single mode of transportation, the railway said in a release.

“Our enhanced GHG calculator is perfectly aligned with our transport products, giving manufacturers, importers, exporters, shippers, wholesalers or retailers full understanding of the carbon footprint of shipments using single or multiple modes of transportation. And again, the calculator makes clear the powerful green advantage of rail over truck,” said Normand Pellerin, CN assistant vice-president, Environment.

Pellerin said rail can move one tonne of freight 197 kilometres on just one litre of fuel.

CN said it has a comprehensive corporate environmental policy and works closely with the rail industry in Canada and the United States and government agencies on ways to reduce its emissions.

The company’s Precision Railroading model, and partnership agreements with other railroads to share assets and deliver interchange traffic at the most efficient gateways, have also increased efficiencies and reduced fuel consumption and emissions, said CN.




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