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Canada Ups Rail Tanker Safety Standards

The Canadian government has issued rules phasing out the type of puncture-prone tank-car that was involved in a fatal train crash last summer in Quebec. The directive forces railroads to stop the use of, or refit, the least crash-resistant, older-model DOT-111 tank cars from dangerous goods service within three years. The … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Benchmarking, Low-Voltage DC, Hotels’ ISO 14001

Chicago now recognizes the ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional as a data verifier credential under the city’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As a result, BEAP credential holders are eligible to provide professional verification of data for the benchmarking and transparency ordinance, which Chicago adopted last September. Chicago is the only city that requires data … Read more »

GE NextFuel

Trains Turn to Natural Gas to Cut Fuel Costs, Compete with Trucks

General Electric’s locomotive division and other companies are testing natural gas equipment as rail companies look for ways to take advantage of natural gas production, which has halved the price of fuel, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The savings could be in the billions, the publication reports. Union Pacific, the … Read more »

GE NextFuel locomotive

GE, CSX Pilot LNG Trains; Clean Energy Fuels UPS Fleet

GE Transportation and CSX have agreed to explore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technology for locomotives beginning with a pilot program in 2014. Using LNG to fuel trains cuts emissions and increases efficiency, the partners say. Natural gas-fueled locomotives can travel longer distances without refueling stops, as well as provide environmental … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Samsung’s ISO 50001, CSX’s LEED, WhiteWave

Samsung Electronics has received ISO 50001 energy management certification for all sites worldwide. The company’s Gumi, South Korea site was the first to receive certification, in July 2011. Samsung has cut GHG emissions 57 percent since 2008, and plans further reductions by minimizing energy waste. SCS Global Services has verified Fruit … Read more »

Waste Management

Waste Management Cashes in on Fracking Boom

Waste Management — and other companies outside the oil and gas industry — are benefiting from the US fracking boom. The waste disposal and recycling company has acquired Summit Energy Services and Liquid Logistics, two North Dakota energy services companies. The purchases give Waste Management access to new markets in … Read more »

Ocean Spray Cuts Delivery Emissions 20%

Ocean Spray Cuts Delivery Emissions 20%

Ocean Spray has implemented two distribution initiatives that combined have led to a 20 percent reduction in transportation CO2 emissions, while achieving comparable cost savings across the transportation network. The first initiative was an intermodal shift from road to rail. The company, rail operator CSX and fruit shipping companies partnered … Read more »

amazon

Sandy Slows Deliveries, Cripples Supply Chains

Companies from Amazon to railroad firm CSX are warning customers to expect delays on shipments as Hurricane Sandy continues to back up supply chains and slow deliveries leading into the holiday season. CSX told its customers to expect delays of at least 72 hours as trains in the Northeast continue … Read more »