COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to building a better world.

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Progress Rail, Railroad Supplier
Progress Rail, Railroad Supplier

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is part of who we are and what we do every single day. We recognize progress involves a balance of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic growth. We consider this as we work toward a vision of a world in which people’s basic needs – such as shelter, clean water, education and reliable energy – are fulfilled. We provide work environments, products, services and solutions that make productive and efficient use of resources as we strive to achieve our vision. We believe this commitment supports the enduring success of our customers, stockholders, dealers and our people. 

Progress Rail, in conjunction with our parent company Caterpillar, shares the concerns of governments and the public about the risks of climate change and supports global efforts to mitigate its impact. We are committed to a reduced-carbon future, both in our operations and helping customers reach climate-related goals. Learn more about Caterpillar's commitment to sustainability in the report and infographic below.

Caterpillar Sustainability Report 2020
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Caterpillar Sustainability Report 2020

 

 

 

CATERPILLAR

SUSTAINABILITY

REPORT 2020

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Caterpillar Sustainability Infographic 2020
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WE STRIVE TO IMPROVE THE RAILWAY SUSTAINABILITY LIFECYCLE

  • Rebuild, overhaul and repower locomotive options
  • Modernization programs upgrade electrical and mechanical systems to extend the life of a locomotive by 10+ years
  • Upgrades bring engines to current or beyond emissions standards, improve reliability and maximize fuel economy
  • Reconditioning or repair services for freight cars and a wide range of components
  • End-of-life locomotives and railcars can be recycled for other uses through Progress Rail’s scrap management services
  • Grade recycled rail – or “relay rail” – and other track material to meticulous industry standards
INNOVATING INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY
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INNOVATING INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY
One train can carry the freight of hundreds of trucks, which reduces highway congestion.*
Freight railroads are 3-4 times more fuel efficient than trucks, on average.*
Moving freight by train instead of truck reduces GHG emissions by up to 75%.*
Railroads account for roughly 40% of U.S. freight but only 1.9% of U.S. transport-related emissions.*

*From AAR, U.S. EPA, and Texas Transportation Institute data. View how the AAR is addressing climate change and sustainability here.

TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP

We have a wide variety of technology products and services built and offered to make railroads and our world more sustainable. These offerings help increase efficiency, save fuel, and ultimately reduce emissions.

SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE

From rail takeup, to track, to signaling products, to our SkyTrim remanufacturing program, our infrastructure business strives to use sustainable products and processes. 75% of inputs being used for new rail products today are from recycled material. Almost 100% of rail products at end of life are recycleable or reusable. The usual life of a track panel can be extended another 25 years by recycling materials. Our asset protection signaling products help maintain products and prevent accidents from happening, like with our PowerView Hot Bearing/Wheel Detector. The Kershaw® SkyTrim OEM remanufacturing program brings new life to old, wornout SkyTrims, significantly reducing the need for new product to be used.  

RECYCLING

Progress Rail has strong roots in recycling – in fact, our business was founded on it. While we have broadened our industry expertise to cover the entire rail value chain, recycling is still the heartbeat of our company.

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RECYCLING

POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF REPOWERED LOCOMOTIVES

A new locomotive requires about 100 tons of steel, producing 177 tons of CO2. However, with a 710ECO™ repower, that number drops to 31.86 tons of CO2
Locomotive Carbon Emissions
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Locomotive Carbon Emissions
 

That's an 82% decrease in the total CO2 emissions from manufacturing a new locomotive.

 

CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORIES

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NitroMP Rumo Customer Testimonial
 
 
Rumo, Brazil - NitroMP Movement Planner
  • Creates a realistic and long lasting operational plan through a DSS and can be integrated with Nitro solutions or any existing railroad solutions
  • Immediate reaction to operational problems
  • Planning up to more than 48 hours ahead
  • Defines optimization levels by territory and function
  • Defines medium and long term policies and investments
  • Up to 13% capacity increase in network capacity
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Norfolk Southern, Chicago & Atlanta
  • Progress Rail has repowered 50 NS locomotives since 2008
  • Lower Emissions
  • Fuel Savings
  • Operating Efficiencies
  • Each 710ECO™ unit can replace two older, less-efficient locomotives
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South American Mining Company, Vale
  • EMD® Joule Battery Electric Locomotive
  • Zero-Emission
  • 3000 HP Battery Locomotive
  • 120-ton Locomotive
  • Currently pulling 9,000-ton trains
  • 3 to 5 trains a day recharging every other day
  • Super-silent cab
  • Testing complete and locomotive is operating in revenue service
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Pacific Harbor Line, California
  • New EMD® Joule battery electric locomotive for a demonstration project operating in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach California
  • This six-axle locomotive will feature the latest lithium-ion battery technology and battery management system, including AC traction and state-of-the-art electronics
  • The zero-emission, zero-idle and low-noise EMD® Joule locomotive is capable of 3,200 horsepower in this application and will be rigorously tested in all types of service at Pacifc Harbor Line
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EMD JOULE
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EMD® Joule - Battery Electric Locomotive

EMD JOULE
Carbon Emissions Sustainability
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Carbon Emissions Sustainability