Canadian National Railway

Sustainability Report and Carbon Intensity Rankings

Is Canadian National Railway doing their part?

Their DitchCarbon score is 31

Canadian National Railway has a DitchCarbon Score of 31 out of 100, indicating room for improvement in sustainability practices. This score reflects a moderate level of carbon intensity in their operations. The company may need to implement more effective measures to reduce its carbon footprint and enhance its sustainability efforts.

This was calculated based on 30+ company specific emissions data points, the higher the score, the better. Check out our methodology.

Industry emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

Canadian National Railway operates within the transport services industry, which has a medium carbon intensity ranking. Some industries are more damaging than others, this ranking gives you an indication of how carbon intensive the industry is which this company operates in.

Location emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

The Canadian National Railway operates in Canada, a region with a very low carbon intensity rating, indicating a cleaner energy grid. This favorable environmental context supports the company’s sustainability efforts by reducing the carbon footprint associated with their operations.

...this company is doing 4.79% better in emissions than the industry average.

Founded in 1918 and headquartered in Montreal, Canadian National Railway (CN) is a prominent player in the North American transport services industry. CN provides a suite of integrated shipping solutions including rail, intermodal, trucking, and logistics services such as freight forwarding, warehousing, and distribution. With a commitment to safety, environmental stewardship, and community engagement, CN strives to deliver goods globally in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner.

Good news, Canadian National Railway has embraced SBTi commitments

Canadian National Railway has established Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) commitments to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations, aligning with the goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C. These targets encompass direct emissions from their activities and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy.

There’s always room for improvement,

DitchCarbon recommends...

Canadian National Railway should undertake a thorough inventory of all Scope 1 emissions sources to identify and mitigate direct greenhouse gas emissions, potentially reducing their emissions by 15%.

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Our methodology

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