The Green Transformation
As one of Europeʼs largest transport infrastructure operators, we take responsibility for the environment. At the same time, we are feeling the effects of climate change in our core business. According to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany is one of the three countries most affected by extreme weather in the world. With our focus on climate protection, nature and resources conservation and noise reduction, we are working on the key issues affecting the environment and people in line with our social responsibility and the implementation of the fundamental conviction of our Strong Rail strategy. They are included in our targets and form part of our identity as a sustainable transport service provider.
Our Strong Rail strategy creates the framework for the sustainable reduction of climate-damaging emissions and for biodiversity in the numerous adjacent nature reserves or the compensating natural spaces we have created. We ensure resource conservation, in particular by recycling building materials in the development of our infrastructure and by sorting construction and municipal waste for recycling. With noise barriers and sound-absorbing windows on new and existing lines, and whisper brakes on our freight trains, we are reducing the impact of our transport growth on local residents.
We report on the individual environmental measures taken at the business unit level in the section development of business units.