CONSERVATION – strategic overview

Norfolk Southern is committed to sustainable business practices that lower operating costs and reduce environmental impacts. Conserving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and preserving natural resources are a core part of the railroad’s corporate responsibility.

Central to our environmental strategy is improving the fuel economy of diesel locomotives. The company also is investing in research and development of cleaner and greener technologies, including locomotives powered by batteries and compressed natural gas. Another key focus is improving the energy efficiencies of offices, shops, and rail yards.

Beyond operations, the company’s carbon mitigation efforts connect conservation and capitalism. Through environmental partnerships, the railroad is reforesting thousands of acres of former woodlands in the Mississippi Delta, expanding ecologically diverse longleaf pine forests across the southeastern U.S., and enhancing water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.