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US rail giant CSX lands in Top 100 green ranking – with a little help from LEDs

On the low carbon track: LED lighting at buildings and terminals, like the one this CSX train would pull into, have helped the company score well environmentally.

Low-energy LED lighting initiatives have helped CSX Corp, the third largest railroad in the US, land a top 100 position in a prestigious ranking of green companies.

‘Recent sustainability initiatives at CSX include incorporating environmentally-friendly development features in new facilities and undergoing an LED lighting retrofitting program in existing buildings and terminals,’ the company said in announcing that it landed the 96th spot on Newsweek’s Green Rankings for environmental efficiency in the US., just behind retailer Nordstrom and ahead of delivery service United Parcel.

Fuel optimisation software on its locomotives also helped it secure the place, the company noted.

Globally, CSX came in at 155, just behind Viacom Inc. and tied with Imperial Oil.

Newsweek bases it ratings on eight indicators: energy productivity, carbon productivity, water productivity, waste productivity, sustainability pay link, sustainability board committee, audited environmental metrics and a green revenue score.

The 2015 rankings reflect performance in 2013, given the time lag in available data.

CSX is the modern incarnation of merged railroads from yesteryear such as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, and the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.

Photo is from Bob Mical via Flickr