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United Kingdom : Norfolk Southern s corporate sustainability efforts benefit customers, shareholders, consumers, and communities

July 17, 2014

Norfolk Southern Corporation details the railroad s ongoing efforts to contribute to a cleaner environment, a healthier economy, and stronger communities in its latest Connections sustainability report. The company released the report today at and

From our earliest beginnings, our commitment always has been to deliver customers freight safely, efficiently, and economically, and in doing so to provide fair returns to our shareholders and a desirable workplace for employees, said CEO Wick Moorman. Today we understand that everything we do must respect the planet. We understand that environmental sustainability is smart business.

The company s seventh annual sustainability report discloses Norfolk Southern s environmental, economic, and social impacts to help stakeholders assess the railroad s performance in corporate responsibility. Key environmental performance areas covered include locomotive fuel efficiency and emissions, energy use, land and land conservation, waste management, and water conservation.

Norfolk Southern strives for excellence in environmental stewardship, and our uncompromising commitment to sustainability is supported and leveraged by employees across our network, said Blair Wimbush, vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer. We are working hard to integrate sustainability into all aspects of operations, building on successes achieved over the past seven years.

Environmental Performance: Reached nearly 79 percent of a five-year goal launched in 2010 to reduce the company s greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per revenue ton-mile of freight. Saved an estimated 10 million gallons of locomotive diesel fuel and avoided around 110,500 metric tons of GHG emissions through LEADER train-handling technology. Completed 65 percent of a five-year, $5.6 million partnership begun in 2011 with GreenTrees to reforest 10,000 acres in the Mississippi Delta, part of NS Trees and Trains carbon mitigation initiative. Collaborated with The Nature Conservancy in support of the largest ever longleaf pine reforestation effort in Virginia.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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