We are committed to sustainability and conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner. In order to minimize the environmental impact of our railcar maintenance operations, we invest in programs intended to make our operations more efficient and reduce our impact on the environment. We strive to take a leadership position in voluntary environmental initiatives by working proactively with government agencies, environmental groups, and industry. We also aim to comply with all applicable environmental regulatory requirements in the regions where we operate.
Our railcars and Great Lakes vessels offer efficient methods to transport goods that are essential in everyday life, including fuel that powers our homes, food for our tables and livestock, and raw materials used to build our communities. Transporting large volumes of goods on rail and water is more fuel efficient and produces less emissions than road transportation. In addition, technological advancements and improvements have enabled our locomotives and vessels to use less fuel than before, minimizing emissions that are harmful to our environment.
We recognize that conserving energy reduces pollutants released into the air and helps us reduce costs. With this in mind, we continue to invest in key facility enhancements, engage employees, and incorporate sustainability principles into our operations to improve the energy efficiency of our railcar maintenance facilities, offices, and vessels.
We strive to operate our railcar maintenance facilities, offices, and vessels to efficiently utilize water by reducing consumption and seeking recycling opportunities.
In addition, our American Steamship Company subsidiary continues to partner with experts in the public and private sector to develop and test new technology to achieve higher levels of purity in ballast water with the goal of eliminating non-native species from the ballast water of Great Lakes vessels.
GATX is focused on diverting waste from landfills by minimizing waste generation and maximizing re-use opportunities. We collaborate with our waste management vendors to identify recycling opportunities and to ensure that the waste we produce is treated or disposed of in a safe and responsible manner.
The primary waste streams from our operations come from our railcar maintenance facilities and include: Residual customer commodity waste, grit dust, recycled scrap metal, wastes generated from painting and lining activities, and spent filters.
Clean air is important for protecting human health and the environment. GATX is committed to maintaining compliance with air quality standards at railcar maintenance facilities and on vessels by monitoring emissions, using control technology to capture and reduce emissions, and identifying opportunities to reduce emissions by improving efficiency or substituting materials.