Rail Pathways Initiative Phase 1: Landscape Document
Canada’s rail sector currently provides a low-carbon means of transporting goods and people throughout the country. While the sector moves 44% of all freight in Canada, it is responsible for only 4% of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. This being the case, rail stakeholders know that more can and must be done if rail is to contribute to Canada’s net-zero targets.
The Rail Pathways Initiative is being led through a partnership between Pollution Probe and The Delphi Group, with support from the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and Transport Canada. Its Steering Committee actively contributes to and reviews Initiative outputs and is comprised of senior experts from Canada’s Class 1 railways, the RAC, and federal government departments responsible for rail-related policies and regulations.
The purpose of Phase 1 of the Rail Pathways Initiative was to develop a landscape document which delivers on the following objectives:
- Develop a common understanding of the current state of rail sector decarbonization in Canada, which can be used as a tool for collaboration between industry and government;
- Create a repository of current federal, provincial and territorial GHG reduction legislative instruments and activities impacting the rail sector; and
- Contribute to next-phase work on a roadmap to achieving future GHG reductions in Canada’s rail sector.