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CN issues sustainability report


MONTREAL, Que.–CN has issued its fifth sustainability report, Delivering Responsibly, outlining the company’s programs and achievements in safety, corporate governance, community involvement, human resources and environmental sustainability.

“CN has intensified its commitment to build a sustainable future,” said Luc Jobin, CN executive vice-president and chief financial officer. “I am proud to say sustainability is an integral part of our business strategy touching all aspects of our operation. CN’s long-term success depends on running a safe, sustainable railroad.”

According to CN, the Delivering Responsibly report highlights key CN accomplishments such as:

  • Rail industry leadership in fuel efficiency: CN consumes 15 per cent less fuel per gross ton mile compared to the industry average. CN’s fuel efficiency improved 2.5 per cent in 2014 and CN has achieved a 17 per cent reduction in GHG emission intensity (green house gas emission per gross ton mile) since 2005.
  • Energy conservation and waste reduction: CN EcoConnexions employee initiatives have helped CN reduce its waste by approximately 20 per cent in the last two years alone. Energy consumption in CN’s key facilities has been cut by approximately 15 per cent in the last five years.
  • One million trees planted: Partnering with customers and communities across North America, CN has funded the planting of one million trees since 2012.
  • Award winning performance: CN has been listed on the DJSI World Index for four consecutive years and on the North America Index for seven years.
  • Building Stronger Communities: Contributing $18.3 million to communities across North America in support of safety, education, and diversity.

“One CN train, on average, can move a metric tonne of freight about 200 kilometres on a single litre of fuel,” said Sam Berrada, CN vice-president of safety and sustainability. “Operational efficiency is the hallmark of our success. We remain committed to investing in new technology and training to improve our fuel efficiency and reduce our emissions even more.

“Beyond the impact of our initiatives on operations, CN continues to work with communities to create positive social, economic and environmental benefits,” Berrada added. “From the communities we engage for emergency response training programs, to the students we reach through rail safety education, we believe our sustainability efforts can make a lasting difference.”

CN’ sustainability report can be accessed here.  The report was developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, said the release.