Union Pacific railroad works to cut its carbon emissions

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The Union Pacific Railroad plans to expand the use of renewable fuels and explore the use of battery-powered engines in the coming years to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030.

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Union Pacific Railroad plans to expand its use of renewable fuels and explore using battery-powered engines to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years.

Omaha, a Nebraska-based company, said on Monday it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030 compared to 2018 levels.

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To do this, the railroad plans to increase the amount of biodiesel it uses to 10% of all fuel it uses by 2025, and it plans to increase the amount of biodiesel it consumes by expanding the use of a cruise control system. Will continue to work to reduce the amount of fuel going. Its locomotives and older locomotives continued to be refurbished to improve their efficiency.

Union Pacific officials said the railroad would also work with locomotive manufacturers to develop battery-powered locomotives that could be used at some of its railyards, but would still take years to become available.

UP CEO Lance Fritz said the railroad is “taking deliberate steps to improve our environmental footprint.”

In addition to those environmental goals, railroad officials said they want to increase the diversity of Union Pacific’s workforce, with women doubling the number and a significant increase in the number of minority workers. By 2030, the railroad wants 11% of its workforce to be women and 40% to be people of color.

Union Pacific is one of the largest railroads in the country, and it operates 32,400 miles (52,000 km) of track in 23 western states.

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