Webinars

Powering the Future for Freight and Passenger Rail: Strategies for Improving Efficiency and Lowering Emissions

07/15/21

    “Beyond the Highway: RAIL” examines the innovations and strategies for improving efficiency and reducing emissions in the passenger and freight rail sectors.

    Light and heavy-duty vehicles are the principal sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector, and most policy discussions and media coverage today focus on new technologies and changes in mobility models as the means to reduce GHG from this sector. 

    But what’s being done in other sectors?  

    Railroads are a key aspect of the nation’s transport system, with a network of over 140,000 miles of rail crisscrossing the U.S.  Freight railroads account for 40 percent of long-distance freight volume.  Over 12.7 billion passenger miles were traveled in 2019 on commuter rail.  

    The first in our virtual event series “Beyond the Highway: RAIL” examined the innovations and strategies for improving efficiency and reducing emissions in the passenger and freight rail sectors.

    This session featured business leaders in advanced rail power technologies – Caterpillar and Cummins – who shared insights on the state of rail technology and highlight efficiency and opportunity for reducing GHG and other emissions from this sector today and into the future. 

    This web event provided:

    • An overview of railroad engine & locomotive technology today, both new and existing

    • The opportunities, timelines and challenges for improving efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions through expanding use of renewable biobased diesel fuels and repowering with Tier 4 engine technology.

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