2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Share of renewable energies at a high level

The launch of DB Long-Distance paves the way for the successful implementation of our new climate protection target. From January 1, 2018, all passengers will be traveling on our long-distance trains with 100% eco-power across Germany. Since 2010, the Hamburg S-Bahn (metro) has been running completely free of CO₂ emissions, contributing to the high share of eco-power in the traction current mix. In rail freight transport, DBeco plus gives our customers the opportunity for transport free of CO₂ emissions with 100% eco-powerNo. 01.

Our contribution to the Climate Protection Plan 2050

With the Climate Protection Plan 2050, the Federal Government is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector by up to 42% by 2030 compared to 1990, as a first step. We have aligned our new climate target to this aspiration: by 2030, we will have reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70% between 1990 and 2030. This means that the climate protection contribution of shifting traffic to the green railways will increase. In contrast to passenger cars and aircraft, a DB long-distance train with 100% eco-power emits virtually no greenhouse gases. In freight transport, DB rail freight transport produces only one-quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions of trucks.

Data for 2017 relate exclusively to DB Group companies and are based on findings and estimates available as of February 2018. Previous years including traction current purchased by non-Group train operating companies.
1) Including additionally purchased energy in the amount of 1,800 GWh for all green DB products with 100% green electricity (for example S-Bahn (metro) Hamburg, BahnCard, bahn.business as well as Environment Plus and DBeco plus). If a train operating company did not order additional green electricity, the share of renewable energy in its traction current mix is 27%.

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