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Major railroad companies with WV operations commended for sustainable efforts

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Inbound Logistics has included Norfolk Southern and CSX, two major railroad companies with major operations in West Virginia, on its 75 Green Supply Chain Partners list for 2014.

Inbound Logistics, a transportation industry magazine, said a company’s corporate sustainability initiatives, collaborative customer-driven projects, and participation in public-private partnerships were all taken into consideration. Four benchmarks carried weight, including measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition.

CSX operates four major rail yards in West Virginia, including locations in Charleston, Huntington, Logan and Parkersburg; and carries commodities including coal, chemicals and petroleum products through the state.

The magazine commended CSX for its efforts in applying friction modifiers and idle-reducing technologies to its locomotives, which allows the railway to increase fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CSX is also using trailing unit shutdown to optimize locomotive horsepower, which, according to the magazine, depowers non-lead locomotives when not in use, creating significant fuel savings without any effect on velocity or reliability.

Norfolk Southern Railway, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, also commonly hauls coal from mines in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Indiana.

The magazine cited Norfolk Southern’s Trees and Trains tree-planting initiative, which was launched in 2011 with a five-year, $5.6 million commitment to reforest 10,000 acres in the Mississippi Delta with more than 6 million native hardwoods and cottonwoods. The reforested land eventually will generate 1.12 million tons of carbon-offset credits, equivalent to one-fifth of Norfolk Southern's annual carbon emissions.

Inbound Logistics also noted Norfolk Southern’s significant infrastructure investments. For example, its Crescent Corridor spans 11 states, and has the potential to divert long-haul freight from trucks to trains, and reduce greenhouse gases by 1.9 million tons annually, when fully developed.