2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

New climate target: cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030

In this report we are making our last reference to the previous specific greenhouse gas reduction target of 30% by 2020. We are replacing our previous climate target with a new, more ambitious climate target.

By the year 2030, we in­­tend to cut the specific – that is, based on volume sold – output of greenhouse gases by more than half worldwide compared to 2006. By shift­­ing traffic to the green rail system, up to nine million tons of CO₂ could be saved by 2030 in the entire transport sector in Germany.

At the same time, DB Schenker intends to be the first international logistics provider to record climate-neutral growth. Specific greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be cut by at least 40% compared with 2006.

We plan to be climate-neutral overall by 2050. To achieve this, we will gradually increase the share of renewable energies in the DB traction current mix to 70% by 2030. The share in the year under review was 44%.

Taking into account all greenhouse gases

In calculating the results for our climate target, we take into account not only CO₂ but also all other relevant climate-impacting gases to determine our environmental footprint and specific emissions. These include, for example, methane and nitrous oxide as per the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. These gases are given in CO₂ equivalents (CO₂e), which means they are converted into CO₂ in terms of their climate impact. Depending on the type of energy source (for example diesel, electricity), up to 10% more emissions are produced compared to CO₂ emissions, so that the overall values for CO₂e are slightly higher than for pure CO₂ emissions. We measure achievement of our climate protection targets on the basis of energy consumption, the corresponding emissions factors and performance data.

In March 2017, DB Group became the first mobility company in Germany to join the international Science-Based Targets initiative. Established by the rating agency CDP, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund, this initiative brings together companies from around the world that have set their climate targets on a scientific basis to support the international two-degree target.

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