Case Study:  Impact Assessment - Transportation Industry

Delivered a comprehensive impact assessment on natural gas conversion for a North American Class 1 Railroad

Situation and Objective

  • North American Class 1 Railroad desires to reduce its fuel costs while meeting or exceeding GHG emissions reduction targets
  • The team was asked to provide a red flag review and analysis of technology options for large scale conversion to natural gas


  • Market Dynamics
    • Understand economic and competitive drivers of diesel price vs natural gas fuel price which will drive investment decisions
  • Conduct detailed investigation of potential technology road maps assessed based on their ability to achieve:
    • Attractive financial returns
    • Operational targets such as train range, refueling time, maintenance plans, and emissions targets
    • Regulatory and safety approvals


Results and benefits

  • Delivered detailed red flag assessment
  • Provided recommendation to refine technology roadmaps
  • Utilized global network of experts to deliver feasible technology solutions to aid in product strategy formulation and guide investment decision
  • Identified high risk system components and compiled preliminary supplier assessments to de-risk future contract negotiations