Since 2007, Amtrak has partnered with Carbonfund.org Foundation to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and significantly contribute to the fight against global warming by supporting world-class carbon offset projects that reduce millions of pounds of CO2e emissions.
Amtrak has offset over 19 million pounds via Carbonfund.org Foundation. This is equivalent to preventing greenhouse gas emissions from over 21 million miles driven by the average passenger vehicle or the carbon sequestered by approximately 200,000 tree seedlings grown over 10 years.
“Our partnership with Amtrak means support for important and innovative projects in the fight against global warming,” said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “We commend Amtrak for their significant environmental commitments, placing sustainability at the core of their business, and focusing on both stewardship and responsibility for future generations.”
Amtrak customers have supported renewable energy projects including the North Country Landfill Gas to Methane Project in New York State, which produces approximately 4.8 megawatts (MWh) of clean electricity while reducing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere. Amtrak customers have also supported the Envira Amazonia Project located in the Amazonian Basin of Brazil which preserves nearly 480,000 acres of pristine Brazilian rainforest. The project is host to rare and highly endangered ecosystems, which support over 30,000 types of plants, and wildlife, including howler monkeys, freshwater dolphins and scarlet macaws. The project also directly benefits the local community including offering agricultural extension training courses; granting land tenure to local communities; and establishing alternative economic activities including commercializing the collection of medicinal plants and açaí.
At Amtrak, sustainability is balancing the needs of their organization with the needs of future generations. They are making commendable progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions- in large part due to the commitment to reduce fuel and energy use, bringing more fuel-efficient and lower emission trains into their fleet. Since 2010, they have saved more than 199,000 metric tons of CO2e – comparable to 42,250 passenger vehicles driven for a year. In fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018 Amtrak achieved their goals of reducing electricity usage, reducing revenue diesel fuel purchased, and reducing GHG emissions.
Carbonfund.org wishes Amtrak continued success with their committed long-term leadership in addressing sustainability both at their company and as a global citizen that supports preserving our planet for future generations.
For more information on Amtrak Sustainability, please visit Amtrak’s FY2018 Sustainability Report.