Union Pacific Hosts Presentation on Clean-Air Technology
Sacramento, Calif., September 13, 2005 Union Pacific Railroad today hosted a presentation on the company’s advances in clean-air technology – including a demonstration of its state-of-the-art locomotives – for elected officials, air board members and other invited guests at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.
The presentation included a review of Union Pacific’s environmental goals regarding the recently announced Memorandum of Understanding with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the BNSF Railway, which will reduce diesel emissions in and around the state’s rail yards. The important new agreement calls for reductions that will be greater and quicker than any that could have resulted from regulatory or state processes.
"Union Pacific is committed to air quality in California and is taking significant steps to improve and protect the environment, using a combination of new technology, operational changes and new equipment," said Bob Grimaila, vice president-environment and safety. "CARB estimates the MOU will reduce particulate emissions by about 20 percent at rail yards by June 2008 when all the program’s elements are phased in. Union Pacific expects to spend $20 million implementing the program."
Union Pacific has the most environmentally friendly locomotive fleet in the nation, and three of the locomotives were on hand for the event. One was the "Green Goat," California’s first low-emission, diesel-hybrid yard locomotive, designed to cut air emissions by 80 percent and reduce diesel fuel use by 16 percent compared to conventional diesel-powered locomotives used in switching service. The Green Goat operates in rail yards, sorting out rail cars from inbound trains and assembling outbound trains. Union Pacific has ordered 10 more Green Goats from Railpower Technologies of Vancouver, British Columbia, for use in its Southern California rail yard operations. The diesel-hybrid locomotives will arrive late this year and continue into early 2006.
The other two displayed were Union Pacific’s cleanest, "over-the-road" heavy-haul locomotives, the GE C45ACCTE and the EMD SD70ACE. The new low-emission locomotives satisfy with a margin of performance U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "railroad Tier 2" emission regulations that became effective January 1, 2005. The 1ocomotives pack up to 4,400 horsepower, but have about 65 percent lower emissions of nitrous oxides and 50 percent lower emissions of particulates than units built prior to 2000.
The Tier II road units were equipped with new automatic start-stop technology that limits locomotive engine idling to only the time necessary to ensure safe and reliable operation. About 28 percent of UP’s entire fleet is equipped with this technology, which reduces engine idling, noise and emissions.
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.
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