OMAHA, Neb. and
March 8, 2022
/PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE: UNP) will begin using
a higher biodiesel blend in locomotives it acquired from Wabtec
(NYSE: WAB). The new collaboration helps Union Pacific as it works
to increase the percentage of low-carbon fuels consumed to 10% of
its total diesel consumption by 2025 and 20% by 2030.
"Increasing the use of renewable diesels and biofuels currently
represents the most promising avenue to help Union Pacific meets
its environmental goals," said Beth
Whited, Union Pacific's Executive Vice President –
Sustainability and Strategy. "We want to drive emissions down as
quickly as possible, and we believe this new project with Wabtec
will make a difference."
Union Pacific will begin testing with B20 biodiesel and R55
renewable diesel on trains powered by Wabtec FDL engines operating
in California in the second
quarter. As testing progresses, it is anticipated that higher
percentages of biofuels will be used. The project will help Union
Pacific meet its science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions 26% by 2030 and reach its ultimate goal of net-zero
emissions by 2050.
"Union Pacific has a comprehensive ESG initiative, which
includes the exploration of alternative fuels and emerging
technologies," said Bob Bremmer,
Group Vice President for Wabtec's Fleet Innovation and
Transformation division. "Biodiesel and renewable diesel are
important sustainable solutions for the rail industry both in the
near-term and in the future."
Wabtec locomotives were previously approved for B5 R30 (5%
biodiesel and 30% renewable diesel) for locomotive engines. Biofuel
is a domestically produced, clean-burning, renewable substitute for
petroleum diesel. This renewable fuel increases energy security and
improves air quality.
Additional information about Union Pacific's environmental
efforts is available in its Climate Action Plan.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) delivers
the goods families and businesses use every day with safe, reliable
and efficient service. Operating in 23 western states, the company
connects its customers and communities to the global economy.
Trains are the most environmentally responsible way to move
freight, helping Union Pacific protect future generations. More
information about Union Pacific is available at www.up.com.
Wabtec Corporation (NYSE:
WAB) is focused on creating transportation solutions that move and
improve the world. The company is a leading global provider of
equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for
the freight and transit rail industries, as well as the mining,
marine and industrial markets. Wabtec has been a leader in the rail
industry for over 150 years and has a vision to achieve a
zero-emission rail system in the U.S. and worldwide. The company
has approximately 27,000 employees located at facilities in 50
countries throughout the world. Visit Wabtec's website
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SOURCE Union Pacific Railroad Company