May 17, 2020

Union Pacific Railroad invests $31M in Wyoming

Supply Chain Digital
United States Freight Rail
U.S. Freig
Freddie Pierce
2 min
Freight rail continues its steady climb, with North American operator Union Pacific capping off its impressive 2011 with a strong fourth quarter
In line with its aggressive plans for growth to help stave off a double-dip recession, Union Pacific Railroad announced that it will invest over $30 mi...

In line with its aggressive plans for growth to help stave off a double-dip recession, Union Pacific Railroad announced that it will invest over $30 million in a Wyoming freight rail line.

Union Pacific says that it is investing about $31 million in a rail line that runs between Lusk and Shawnee in the Cowboy State.

The 37-mile stretch of rail line will be renovated with the funds, which will go toward installing more than 28 miles of fresh rail and almost 75,000 concrete ties. The millions Union Pacific is planning to invest will also go toward renewing the surfaces at seven road crossings. Crews will also replace three rail switches.

Most of the projects began earlier this month, and are scheduled to be completed in the middle of November.

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Union Pacific, the United States’ largest railroad network with 32,000 miles of track, plans to invest $3.3 billion in capital this year in an effort to improve the nation’s freight rail network. Since 1980, U.S. railroads have invested approximately $480 billion to maintain and modernize the freight rail system, including an estimated $12 billion in 2011, according to the Wyoming Business Report.

An improved freight rail system could do wonders for U.S. trade efficiency and sustainability, as freight trains are about four times more fuel efficient than trucks.

Union Pacific Railroad’s freight routes cover most of the Western United States, which includes privately owned track in 23 U.S. states.

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Jun 24, 2021

Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China

Kuehne+Nagel
CarbonNeutral
supplychain
Logistics
2 min
Road-to-rail logistics solution will reduce carbon emissions at the automaker by 70%, stripping 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from its supply chain

Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel

The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018. 

KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management. 

"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive. 

After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total. 

"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme 
 

Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners. 

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”. 

As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030. 
 

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