Union Pacific honored for developing the ultra-low emitting Genset switching locomotive, and expansive use of this technology in its California fleet
Roseville, Calif., November 17, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad has won the 2010 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California's highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California's resources, protecting and enhancing the environment and building public-private partnerships. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recognized Union Pacific and other GEELA recipients at a reception at the Governors' Global Climate Summit in Davis, Nov. 15.
"This honor recognizes Union Pacific's ongoing commitment to developing new technologies that bolster our environmentally friendly transportation of freight," said Mike Iden, Union Pacific general director, car and locomotive engineering. "American businesses and consumers depend on Union Pacific to safely and reliably deliver the products they need and use every day. We are proud of our leadership role in developing and implementing new technologies and practices that further our ability to keep America moving with greater environmental efficiency."
Award recipients were chosen in 10 different categories based on their strength in eight specific areas including results, transferability, environmental impact, resource conservation, economic progress, innovation and uniqueness, pollution prevention and environmental justice. Union Pacific received the award for its pioneering development and use of the low-emissions switch locomotive, the "Genset Switcher."
Union Pacific's Genset Switcher
These ultra-low emitting locomotives operate using technology developed by Union Pacific that use modified, low-emissions EPA-certified "off-road" diesel engines (derived from low-emissions, truck-style diesel engines), and that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent, emissions of oxides of nitrogen by 80 percent, and particulate matter by 90 percent compared to older switching locomotives. Union Pacific currently has nearly 70 of these ultra low emission locomotives operating in California.
The Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards program was established in 1993. The award program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Agency in collaboration with the State and Consumer Services Agency, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. For more information on GEELA and this year's award recipients, visit the Cal/EPA website: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.