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Amtrak Releases 2020 Sustainability Report

April 28, 2021

Amtrak released its fiscal year 2020 sustainability report this week to highlight projects it undertook to meet its annual and long-term environmental goals.

During a year of falling ridership, Amtrak said it still conducted climate resilience research and developed its first solar-power purchase agreement contract.

The report also cited initiating internal climate roundtables across various departments.

Specific projects cited in the report included the opening on Jan. 1, 2021, of the Moynihan Train Hall in New York City, which uses natural light from overhead parabolic skylights that were created by reusing the building’s steel trusses.

Train information displays use LED lights, and escalators are equipped with smart features, including heaters, to ensure reliability during cold weather, and with a “sleep mode” to save energy and increase durability,

Amtrak said that since 2006, it has lost more than $127 million in revenue due to severe storms and weather disruptions, with a projected loss (based on historic costs) of an expected additional $220 million by 2030.

“Based on predicted storm surge and flood maps, if we continue business as usual, we are exposed to increasing operational, financial and reputational risk,” the report said.

This has led the carrier to develop a Climate Resilience Strategic Plan in an effort to better understand current business practices, available data, vulnerabilities, and climate risks.

 “As we identify goals and objectives for ensuring resiliency in our supply chain, operations and infrastructure, we will establish priorities and metrics to track progress,” Amtrak reported.

The first phase of the plan will focus on the Northeast Corridor.

Sagging ridership also led to less food and beverage offered by the carrier being consumed by passengers.

Rather than see these go to waste, Amtrak said it used Food Finders, a nonprofit agency, to collect those items, as well as linens and towels, and distribute them, free of charge, to local food pantries, shelters and community centers.

This was done in Washington, Seattle, Chicago, Oakland, New Orleans, Boston, New York, and Miami.

Amtrak Issues FY2018 Sustainability Report

July 21, 2019

In a recent report, Amtrak said it achieved all energy, fuel, recycling and emissions targets during fiscal year 2018.

The carrier said in its FY2018 sustainability report that it under two unique collaborations with People for Urban Progress and No Kings Collective.

The PUP partnership involved processing more than a tone of leather removed from seats on Acela Express equipment and repurposing it for different uses rather than discarding it.

Amtrak’s work with NKC produced a large-scale customized mural, featuring an interpretation of the landscapes found throughout the system’s national network.

The collaboration with NKC helped emphasize one of Amtrak’s social sustainability goals of contracting up to 10 percent of Amtrak’s total annual spending with diverse suppliers.

Other achievements cited in the report included:

  • Successful recycling and waste diversion efforts, which resulted in 194 tons of material diverted from landfills
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 17 percent over Amtrak’s 2010 baseline
  • $52 million investment in stations upgrades for greater accessibility and mobility
  • $2 million in energy savings through smart resource management


Amtrak Releases Sustainability Report

March 22, 2018

Amtrak said in its 2016-2017 sustainability report that it has exceeded its diesel fuel conservation goal by more than 2.4 gallons and saved about 3 billion kWh of energy by using its latest-generation ACS-64 locomotives.

The report, which focuses on the railroad’s environmental, financial and social sustainability efforts, including modernizing the customer experience, reducing fuel and energy use, and growing revenue through increased ridership, shows Amtrak’s performance between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2017.

Amtrak said in a news release that the report was produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, which are considered the international standard for sustainability reporting.

“Our stakeholders are counting on us to be good stewards of the environment while also creating economic and social value for our communities,” said Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson in a statement. “We also understand that keeping our customers and employees safe is integral to sustainability.”