Norfolk Southern Issues 2010 Sustainability Report, Outlines 2011 Environmental Goals

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. has issued its third annual sustainability report, available for the first time exclusively on the company’s environmental website, Footprints, at www.nssustainability.com.

The 2010 sustainability report describes Norfolk Southern’s plans to achieve its new greenhouse gas emission reduction goal and tracks initiatives in responsible economic, environmental, and social performance.

“As you click through our 2010 sustainability report,” notes CEO Wick Moorman, “you will read about how our people have embraced responsible business practices that will help ensure the ongoing strength of our company, the livability of their communities, and the quality of their lives. At Norfolk Southern, working toward sustainable economic, environmental, and social performance is more than a corporate goal: It’s a way of living.”

Blair Wimbush, vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer, writes in the report that the company will focus on four priorities in 2011. Chief among them, he said, will be working toward the five-year goal of reducing emissions 10 percent per revenue ton-mile by 2014 compared with 2009 emissions. “We will do it through the creative energy and talent of our people, the skillful application of innovative locomotive technology and operating systems, and by realizing the environmental benefits of public-private partnerships to improve our infrastructure and strengthen the nation’s competitive transportation advantage.”

Other priorities, Wimbush said, will be improving energy efficiency in company-owned facilities, encouraging employee recycling and other programs that support the company’s sustainability performance, and continuing to engage communities, “looking for ways to have impact in the areas of conservation, volunteerism, and civic leadership.”