Environmental, Social and Governance

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As the most fuel-efficient mode of freight transportation on land, railroads are uniquely positioned to contribute to a more-sustainable society. CSX’s success in moving more freight with less asset intensity and reducing fuel consumption has created a reliable service product that is allowing customers to move freight from the highway to rail and reduce their overall carbon footprint. In 2019, CSX further improved upon its 2018 record fuel efficiency, becoming the first U.S. Class I railroad to operate below 1 gallon of fuel per 1,000 gross ton-miles for a quarter.

CSX has become the first railroad in North America to have its new emissions intensity goal – which is consistent with reductions required to keep warming to well-below 2 degrees C – approved by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). 

CSX will reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 37.3% between 2014 and 2030. The company expects future transformational technology to facilitate this next level of reductions and is extensively investing in technologies and operational practices that drive maximum achievable efficiencies. In 2018, CSX achieved its greenhouse gas goal to reduce emissions intensity by 6-8% by 2020 – achieving an 8.1% emissions intensity reduction and reaching the goal set in 2012 two years ahead of plan.

You can learn more about the Science Based Target Initiative here.


Sustainability Downloads

CSX issues an annual Corporate Responsibility Report to outline our approach, provide an update on the economic, workforce, environmental and social impacts over the last year, and track progress against goals. We believe sustainability and responsibility benefit all of our stakeholders.

  • CSX is committed to protecting the environment and the safety and health of the public, customers and its employees in all aspects of the company’s operations. We strive to minimize impacts on the environment and the communities in which we operate. We work to maximize the business and its positive impacts by delivering the best service to our customers. Click here to learn more about our environmental principles.
  • CSX aspires to be a leader in corporate sustainability. We are committed to the journey — as a business partner, an employer, a community member, an environmental steward and a value creator for shareholders. By thinking and acting sustainably, we will deliver excellent customer service and strong financial results and position the company for a strong future. Click here to learn more about how we manage sustainability in our business.
  • CSX understands that improving energy efficiency and maximizing clean and affordable domestic energy resources are crucial to continued economic growth, improved quality of life and environmental stewardship. With our sustainable business model, we know we can help address the complex global challenge of climate change. Click here to learn more about how CSX is working to move these objectives forward.