The 2021 Safety and Environment Prize winners

OTTAWA, ON, December 2, 2021 / CNW / -The Association of Railways Canada (RAC) announced the winners of its 2021 Safety and Environment Awards, which recognize RAC members for their outstanding contributions to rail safety and environmental impact.

RAC Logo & Right Track (CNW Group / Railway Association of Canada)

“Canadian railways are the safest and most environmentally friendly mode of transportation for goods and Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Over the years, our members continue to work hard to reduce their environmental footprint and improve rail safety measures. These awards reflect the continued commitment of our members as well as the four pillars of our RightTrack initiative, ”said Marc Brazeau, President and CEO, Railway Association of Canada.

At March 5, 2021, the RAC launched on 16e edition of the Safety and Environment Trophies competition. Annual nominations are limited to one RAC member railway initiative per category (or subcategory).

The RAC Safety Awards are given annually while the Environmental Awards are given every two years. The two groups of winners are chosen from member submissions and ratified by the Safety and Operations Management Committee (SOMC).

The winners of the Rail Safety Awards for 2021 are:

North American Cargo Class 1 Safety Award – Employee Incidents and Third Party Incidents: Canadian National Railway (CN)

Canadian National Railways (CN) submitted a nomination for the Safety Award for their Autonomous Track Inspection Program (ATIP) which is used to employ a variety of inspection systems and methodologies, each aimed at providing a high degree of autonomous inspection capability. The program consists of eight box cars, each equipped with its own solar power supply and generator, as well as electronic communication systems and servers capable of accommodating various inspection technologies in commercial train service. As a technology platform, ATIP employs a variety of inspection systems and methodologies, each aimed at providing a high degree of autonomous inspection capability. The first such system introduced by CN was an Autonomous Track Geometry Measurement System (ATGMS) used to perform heavy geometry inspections.

“What sets CN’s autonomous track inspection program apart is its use of advanced detection technologies and advanced analysis to inspect tracks with special cars traveling at service track speed. This allows CN to achieve inspection frequencies well above traditional means and provides visibility into the safety and structural integrity of its track with more than 38 billion measurement records per month. Achieving these safety standards would not have been possible without the dedication of our engineers and I&T colleagues, whom I thank for their accomplishment, now recognized through this prestigious award. ”
Tom brown, Assistant Vice-President, Safety at CN

Safety Award in the Passenger category (interurban, tourist, commuter): VIA Rail Canada

VIA Rail Canada nominated for the Safety Award for its New coupler tool which is a safer, more efficient and ergonomic method of removing and installing the coupling assembly on the various types of cars and locomotives in service. This new and innovative design is a complete change from the previous tool. It eliminates the need for counterweight and provides a stable moving platform that can be transported to the track where the car or locomotive is. The simple design with vertical and side adjustments for precise placements during removal / installation is the elimination of pinch points, crush injuries and stress for employees.

“At VIA Rail, we have always promoted a proactive safety culture and this initiative is a perfect example. In true teamwork, our mechanical services identified a risk and formed a cross-functional team with employees from various departments to collectively create an innovative solution that made the process of removing and installing the hitch assembly safer and more efficient, ”said Dominique Lemay, Chief Operating Officer at VIA Rail Canada. “We applaud the team’s accomplishments and look forward to more great initiatives like this in the years to come.”

The winners of the 2021 Environmental Rail Prize are:

Environmental Award in the Class 1 Freight Category in North America: Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)

Canadian Pacific (CP) nominated for the Environment Award for its Solar power farm which is a solar power generation system on the campus of the company’s head office in Calgary, A B. The project is one of that of Alberta larger private solar farms and is expected to produce more electricity than is consumed annually by the main building of CP’s head office. This project demonstrates CP’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while innovatively reallocating existing land assets to integrate renewable solar energy into facility operations. It consists of four expansive solar gardens covering around 10 hectares of underutilized campus land and creating a covered parking lot that can accommodate up to 500 employee vehicles. The project includes more than 9,700 solar panels capable of generating up to 5 megawatts of renewable electricity, significantly reducing CP’s demand for electricity from local utility providers.

“CP is honored to be the recipient of the RAC Environmental Award for our solar power farm project. This project is a daily reminder to all of our employees of CP’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our business operations, ”said Jacques Clement, PC Senior Vice-President Strategic Planning and Technology. “Implementing innovative solutions, such as renewable solar power, is a critical part of our climate strategy, helping to transform CP’s operations and position our company as a leader for a low carbon future. . “

Environment Award in the Passengers category (interurban, tourist, commuter): VIA Rail Canada

VIA Rail Canada nominated for the Environment Award for the LEED Gold certification of his Ottawa station. The Ottawa Heritage Station was identified as the flagship station where new sustainability and accessibility initiatives would be tested. Since 2016, many improvements and renovations have been carried out in these areas. At the same time, the Company began its LEED certification process, which enabled the Ottawa station to obtain LEED® Gold v4.1 certification for the operation and maintenance of existing buildings in 2020. As part of With its vision of being the smarter way to move people, VIA Rail integrates environmental, social, economic and ethical considerations into its strategy and day-to-day operations. Making sustainable choices in building management contributes to VIA Rail’s lasting success. As part of its certification process, VIA Rail has notably integrated LEED policies and best practices into the facility’s renovation and maintenance policy, the green cleaning policy and the station’s purchasing policy.

“Obtaining LEED Gold v4.1 certification was an important step for VIA Rail and a great source of pride for our teams. It brought us closer to our goal of green building and formalized our commitment to creating more sustainable and accessible stations and maintenance services. centers, ”said Dominique Lemay, Chief Operating Officer at VIA Rail Canada. “It is by modernizing our infrastructure and services, and making them greener, that we will lead Canadians to a more sustainable future.”

The RAC would like to congratulate all of the winners as well as all who applied.

About the Railway Association of Canada

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