Amtrak’s Climate Commitment

Our Climate Commitment is a foundational guiding statement designed to galvanize Amtrak’s workforce and partners around key strategies to achieve substantial emissions reduction and invest in innovative solutions. The Climate Commitment includes the following five strategies, derived from internal discussions, external influences, and strategic positioning to lead the modal shift to Amtrak — the cleanest intercity transportation solution.

Amtrak’s Five Strategies to Lead Sustainable Mobility

1. Set and achieve a net-zero GHG emissions target for 2045 across the National Network and all business functions.
Amtrak has identified a pathway to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2045, with an interim target of 40% GHG reduction by 2030. The actions Amtrak must take begin with energy efficiency, followed by implementation of renewable fuels and energy and RD&D of zero-emission technologies, while being managed through effective governance, such as policy, procedures, and tracking. With a unified and coordinated implementation of the Net-Zero Strategy, Amtrak will become a leader in sustainable mobility and provide fast, efficient, comfortable, and emission-free transportation across the continent.

2. Reduce diesel fuel use through advanced technologies.
Fuel use is Amtrak’s second highest operating expense and accounts for 68% of emissions from our owned or operated equipment. We will reduce our fuel consumption, contributing toward our net-zero target, by using advanced fuel management systems and practices to drive fuel efficiency. We will reduce our GHG emissions by replacing our current diesel supply with renewable diesel, and by advancing technologies that will eventually replace our diesel-burning engines. We will collaborate with partners and the industry in research and innovation on zero-emission technologies by pilot testing hydrogen fuel-cells, batteries, and other technologies, including the conversion of diesel locomotives to zero-emission locomotives.

3. Achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030.
We will source 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030. In addition to power purchase agreements, we will develop renewable electricity investments across the National Network by expanding both onsite and offsite generation. These power supplies support traction and non-traction operations such as offices, stations, and maintenance facilities. Energy efficiency investments at our stations, offices, and facilities, and an energy procurement plan are two ways to see immediate and long-term impacts.

4. Establish a company-wide climate resilience program.
We will build on insights gained from internal climate roundtable discussions and strategic planning development. As this work continues, cross-departmental stakeholders will represent key functions of the business and lead integration through a formal committee structure, thus instilling good governance behind these company-wide efforts.

5. Integrate climate considerations into business operations.
We will conduct vulnerability assessments, focus on our greatest risks, and implement solutions to protect our assets from climate threats like increased flooding, longer heat waves, and more severe weather events. This work will expand from studies in the Northeast Corridor to the National Network. Learnings from this research can be applied to corridor expansion plans with state DOTs, major project planning, emergency preparedness, and on-time performance evaluation.

FY23 Sustainability Report

This is Amtrak’s tenth Sustainability Report, covering environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities during the last year. We produced this report with reference to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 2023 Standards.

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