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Union Pacific Wins CALSTART Blue Sky Merit Award for Developing, Operating Energy-Efficient Genset Locomotives


Union Pacific today announced that it received the 2008 CALSTART Blue Sky Merit AwardTM for using second generation cleaner and more efficient switching locomotives. The annual award recognizes outstanding marketplace contributions to clean air, energy efficiency and to the clean transportation industry overall by companies, organizations and individuals.

“Union Pacific Railroad stepped up with a smart next step to battle urban pollution: its commitment to developing and then operating cleaner, energy-efficient ’Genset’ switching engines deserves recognition,” said John Boesel, President and CEO of CALSTART.

Union Pacific Railroad’s Genset serves as successor to the first-generation diesel-battery hybrid switching locomotives, and can be a platform for future generations of hybrid switching locomotives incorporating energy storage technologies. Genset is expected to reduce emission of oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter by up to 80 percent and achieve a similar 16 percent reduction in fuel consumption. The company successfully deployed 160 engines in 2007.

“Union Pacific is committed to moving freight safely and more efficiently to reduce the environmental impact on the communities in which we operate,” said Jim Young, chairman and CEO, Union Pacific. “We are honored to receive The Blue Sky Merit AwardTM for work on the Genset locomotive and other environmental efforts which reflect our employees’ vision and creativity in generating solutions that have a long-term positive impact on the transportation industry.”

The 2008 Blue Sky AwardTM awards ceremony and luncheon will be held on June 10, 2008 at the Hilton Universal City, Los Angeles, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Please visit for more information on attending or sponsoring this special event supporting green transportation. To learn more about Union Pacific’s environmental efforts go to


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