Environment | BNSF

BNSF and the Environment

At BNSF, we believe it is important to minimize our impact on the planet and to contribute to the long-term sustainability of every community we serve. Railroads are the most environmentally preferred mode of surface transportation, and BNSF is a leader in the rail industry for the protection of our air, land and water.

Rail carries more than 40 percent of our nation’s freight, and what we transport touches nearly every individual in all walks of life: from grain, soybeans, lumber and steel to plastic, ethanol, coal and more. We do this while reducing emissions, saving fuel and relieving highway congestion.

Transporting goods by train also provides benefits to the environment beyond fuel efficiency and sustainability; it reduces supply chain costs, allowing American businesses to be more competitive in the global market. For example, BNSF trains can move one ton of freight 500 miles on just one gallon of diesel fuel.

Corporate Sustainability Reports

BNSF Railway’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report highlights our focus on continuing to enhance safety, including efforts to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions with more sustainable operations.

The Responsibility and Sustainability Report was prepared with guidance from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. GRI is a globally-recognized reporting framework for environmental, social and governance performance. The report addresses material issues important to BNSF stakeholders and its business.

Emissions Reduction

Rail freight transportation can provide tremendous value in reducing the country’s overall transportation emissions and carbon footprint.