2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Climate protection 

Greenhouse gas footprint in overview

Our expanded CO₂ footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that DB Group generates in a year. It consists of the emissions from all journeys and transports of DB Group by rail, road, air transport and shipping, and the emissions of stationary facilities such as stations or workshops and of the fleet, which includes, for example, company cars. These figures provide the basis for calculating specific greenhouse gas emissions and determining the results of our climate targets within the limits set. They also act as a benchmark for our efficiency improvement measures and provide a basis for comparison with other companies.

Absolute greenhouse gas emissions by journeys,
transports and stationary facilities
(million t)

2017

2016

2015

Regional rail passenger transport

3.17

3.10

3.23

thereof in Germany

2.38

2.38

2.66

Long-distance rail passenger transport

0.52

0.52

0.49

Bus service

1.76

1.78

1.79

thereof in Germany

0.63

0.67

0.71

Rail freight transport

1.98

2.05

2.31

Road freight transport 1)

3.90

3.89

3.74

Air freight 1)

6.76

6.16

5.99

Ocean freight 1)

2.27

2.07

2.58

Other transport 2)

0.11

0.11

0.11

Stationary facilities

1.50

1.51

1.52

Total

21.97

21.19

21.76

Well-to-wheel (WTW), scope 1 – 3.

1) With pre- and onward carriage.

2) Including DB Connect, internal traffic.

Absolute greenouse gas emissions by scope 1 – 3
(million t)

2017

2016

2015

Total

21.97

21.19

21.76

     Share of scope 1 (%)

18

18

17

     Share of scope 2 (%)

23

24

25

     Share of scope 3 (%)

59

58

58

The scope 2 emissions of 5.12 million tons of CO₂e consider market-based mechanisms, meaning that this figure includes all contractually regulated instruments for generating and trading electricity from renewable energies. In accordance with the scope 2 guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol on dual reporting, we also report location-based scope 2 emissions. Based on the respective national energy mixes, the scope 2 emissions total 6.08 million t CO₂e.

The largest share of our greenhouse gas emissions are the scope 3 emissions of our subcontractors. We are therefore set to agree on binding reduction targets with our largest carriers to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions.

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