Deutsche Bahn will become climate neutral much earlier. The head of DB Richard Lutz informed the supervisory board at its next meeting of a new goal: DB Group is postponing the 2050 goal ten years earlier – 2040.

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The German federal government has set itself the goal of achieving climate neutrality in the country by 2045, informs Railway Supply magazine citing Deutsche Bahn.

DB CEO Richard Lutz: “Sustainability is at the heart of our brand, which is why we are setting much more ambitious climate targets for ourselves. For me personally, it is especially important that progress is even faster. Our interim balance highlights the enormous potential of railways: when compared with other modes of transport in Germany, railways are the only ones with a consistently positive climate balance since 1990. Over the past 30 years, railways alone have been able to significantly reduce CO2 emissions by about 70 percent. Traveling by train is an active climate protection. And that’s why investing and modernizing our Strong Rail strategy is just the right way to change modes of transport and achieve climate goals. ”

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To ensure CO2 balancing by 2040, DB will fully supply its factories, office buildings and train stations in Germany with green electricity from 2025. In addition, heating will be greened and fossil fuels such as heavy fuel oil and natural gas will be gradually replaced. Improvements in energy efficiency should also ensure a reduction in consumption in the coming years.

Less CO2 will also be emitted by DB in the coming years due to the significantly renewed fleet of trains, as well as due to investments in operations.

Deutsche Bahn also wants to achieve climate neutrality by 2040 by promoting alternative modes of transport and fuels. Plans include converting DB Regio’s bus fleet to cleaner fuels, building new infrastructure for battery-powered trains, supplying fuel cell trains with hydrogen and using synthetic fuels in road and rail transport.


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