More Sustainable than Flying or Driving
Travel Sustainably by Train: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
At Amtrak we're committed to sustainability and are actively taking steps to improve our environmental impact. Since 2010, we've reduced our greenhouse gas emmissions by 20%. Our goal is to double that number by 2030 and we're well on our way by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and investing in an energy efficient fleet.
Even today, intercity travel on Amtrak is cleaner and more sustainable than most alternatives.
MORE SUSTAINABLE TODAY
Did you know riding Amtrak is one of the most sustainable ways to travel? That's because it's 46% more energy-efficient than driving and 34% more than flying. Plus, our electric trains produce up to 72% less greenhouse gas emissions than planes, and 83% less than cars. But we're just getting started.
EVEN GREENER TRAINS ARE ON THE WAY
We're not slowing down anytime soon. Literally. The all-new, faster-than-ever Acela will reduce energy consumption by at least 20% more than our current models. And that carries over to the onboard experience as well - we're expanding our recycling initiatives and offering a new, sustainable food and beverage program for passengers like you.
OUR VISION FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
Commitment matters to us. So when we say we're all in on net-zero emissions by 2045, we mean it. No one can see the future, but everyone can count on Amtrak continuing to lead the way in sustainable travel - today, tomorrow, and for decades to come.
Nationwide, Amtrak trains consume less energy on a per passenger mile basis than other modes.
On average, Amtrak service is 46% more energy efficient than travel by car and 34% more efficient than domestic air travel.
Did you know taking Amtrak from Washington DC to New York City results in 70% fewer CO2e emissions per traveler than flying? Or that our Auto Train route helps to remove about 100 million vehicle miles from I-95 in a year?
Learn more about our most notable social, environmental and economic achievements in our latest sustainability report.
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