BNSF and the Environment

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 one-third of our nation’s freight, and what we transport touches individuals in all walks of life. 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 nearly 500 miles on just one gallon of diesel fuel.

Impact Report and Corporate Sustainability

Our corporate Impact Report highlights our company's progress on key initiatives in the areas of sustaining our operations, creating value for our customers, engaging with employees and connecting with communities.

Emission Reductions

Rail freight transportation reduces the country’s overall transportation emissions and carbon footprint.

Sustainability for Customers

Rail is the most environmentally efficient mode of surface freight transportation, and our customers recognize it as an effective way to reduce carbon emissions.