Aurizon released (14-Oct-2020) its inaugural Climate Strategy and Action Plan. Under the proposal, the Australian rail freight operator seeks to achieve net-zero operational emissions by 2050. The plan includes a 10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2020 and 2030, following a 20% reduction achieved in the last ten years. Aurizon plans to invest approximately AUD50 million in "low-carbon technologies for Aurizon's locomotive requirements including development of new-generation battery and hydrogen-powered solutions". Further initiatives include establishing partnerships and industry collaboration and advocacy of rail operations to achieving a low-carbon economy. The operator plans to launch in-service trials of the new rolling stock in 2025.
Aurizon MD & CEO Andrew Harding stated: "It provides a roadmap for ongoing work in reducing our operational emissions... Aurizon is already working with other railroads and manufacturers on the early development of battery and hydrogen-powered locomotives for deployment in a heavy-haul railway environment... [including] options of upgrades to the existing fleet and new rollingstock". [more - original PR]