Norfolk Southern Corporation: Environmental Performance

Norfolk Southern Corporation: Environmental Performance

Stewardship of resources is central to Norfolk Southern’s business strategy.

Norfolk Southern is committed to sustainable operating practices that reduce costs and environmental impacts. The company’s efforts to improve locomotive fuel economy and energy efficiency, for example, are linked to lowering locomotive diesel fuel and electricity costs and reducing carbon emissions.

With tracks that connect businesses, communities, and people across 22 states, Norfolk Southern has strong ties to the land. NS is committed to reducing and mitigating its impacts on the planet in an approach that connects conservation and capitalism, from support of reforestation in the Mississippi Delta to the preservation of rare longleaf pine habitat and wetlands in the southeastern U.S.


  • Named by CDP as an S&P 500 marketplace leader in carbon disclosure
  • Received innovation and sustainability awards for helping a customer convert freight from highway to rail, reducing its supply-chain carbon emissions and transportation costs 

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Public Partners From Atlanta to Chicago are Enthused About Norfolk Southern’s Emissions-Reduction Technology
NSSustainability Across Norfolk Southern’s operating territory – from Kansas City and Atlanta to Chicago and Ohio – representatives from state and federal environmental agencies support the railroad’s efforts to reduce locomotive emissions. They have teamed with NS to fund emissions-reduction technology NS calls the ‘Sleeper’ –...
Dec 14, 2016 6:30 AM ET
With ‘Eco’ Locomotives, Norfolk Southern Partners with Communities for Cleaner Air
As part of a unique public-private partnership, Norfolk Southern is helping communities enhance air quality with the development of a new class of low-emission rail yard locomotives dubbed the “Eco” locomotive. In 2015, NS introduced the Eco units at its Inman Yard in Atlanta and at its 47th Street Intermodal Facility in Chicago. NS delivered 10 of the locomotives to Atlanta...
Dec 7, 2016 6:30 AM ET
Norfolk Southern on the Cutting Edge of Research to Reduce Locomotive Emissions
Norfolk Southern is an industry leader in exploring alternative energy sources to reduce locomotive emissions. During 2015, NS made research gains in the use of battery technology and compressed natural gas in its quest to conserve fuel, reduce fuel costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Since rolling out a prototype battery-powered switcher locomotive in 2009, NS has continued...
Nov 30, 2016 6:30 AM ET
Norfolk Southern | Saving Energy and Costs
NSSustainability Eight years ago, Norfolk Southern launched a plan to upgrade energy efficiencies at offices and facilities across its 22-state system, a huge undertaking involving hundreds of locations. One key project in 2015 included an energy overhaul of its operations headquarters in Atlanta. The initiative earned NS more than $20...
Nov 9, 2016 6:30 AM ET
Norfolk Southern's Russ McDaniel Awarded 2016 Professional Environmental Excellence Award
Washington, D.C., November 3, 2016 /3BL Media/ -- The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has awarded the 2016 Professional Environmental Excellence Award, which is the highest honor for environmental professionals in the railroad industry, to Russ McDaniel of Norfolk Southern.   The annual award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding performance in...
Nov 3, 2016 7:55 AM ET