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Paper Products Company Reportedly Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions 60 Percent by Moving from Road to Rail

Packaging and paper products manufacturer Boise has cut CO2 emissions by 60 percent by switching from road to rail and packing its products more efficiently in rail containers, says a case study from Environmental Defense Fund.

EDF, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has put together a series of case studies on leading companies that have cut CO2 emissions and lowered costs by switching transportation modes and improving logistics practices.

Boise, a $2.6bn company spread across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France and other countries, worked with customers like OfficeMax to regroup shipment sizes and took advantage of proximity to rail, with its carload directive initiative. Until 2011, when it launched the initiative, Boise used to ship full truckloads by road to OfficeMax. But after making the switch and shipping shipping 200 carloads via rail, the company eliminated more than 2,600 tons of CO2 "” the equivalent of saving more than 264,000 gallons of fuel.

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EDF, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has put together a series of case studies on leading companies that have cut CO2 emissions and lowered costs by switching transportation modes and improving logistics practices.

Boise, a $2.6bn company spread across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France and other countries, worked with customers like OfficeMax to regroup shipment sizes and took advantage of proximity to rail, with its carload directive initiative. Until 2011, when it launched the initiative, Boise used to ship full truckloads by road to OfficeMax. But after making the switch and shipping shipping 200 carloads via rail, the company eliminated more than 2,600 tons of CO2 "” the equivalent of saving more than 264,000 gallons of fuel.

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