Development of business units

Environmental measures

DB Cargo is actively committed to climate-change mitigation and, as a provider of climate-friendly rail logistics services, plays a significant role in the shift in the mode of transport to rail:

  • The plans for the modernization of the vehicle fleet includes, in particular, capital expenditures in vehicles with alternative drive technologies (such as hybrid technology) and dual-power locomotives. DB Cargo has therefore announced the tender of another shunting locomotive project that enables the use of additional alternative drive concepts for suppliers.
  • In the first half of 2021, DB Cargo set up a nationwide rail freight network for an international beverage manufacturer, which included 13 of the customer’s locations. This shift in the mode of transport from road to rail prevents about 1,900 tons of CO₂ emissions annually.
  • A manufacturer of quality fruit juice that operates nationwide uses the new DB Cargo product EVplus. This single-­wagon transport, door-to-door solution ensures that food also arrives at its destination quickly and safely. In total, up to 40% of CO₂ emissions can be saved annually for long-distance connections.
  • The logistics service for new electric car batteries is being expanded into an industry network that will connect the first locations of the German automotive producers and battery manufacturers throughout Europe in a safe and eco-friendly way, by rail. As a result, Germany’s largest automobile manufacturer will be avoiding 11,000 tons of CO₂ emissions in 2021 alone. The network is being continuously expanded, including by connecting the Škoda headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. In order to simplify access to the automotive railnet, a battery logistics center was also opened in Bremen. Another battery logistics center in Arnstadt is planned for the second half of 2021.
  • The Deutsche Post DHL Group is also increasingly focusing on rail and CO₂-free transport with DB eco plus ∫ no. 1. In the medium term, the Groupʼs target is to triple the share of shipments transported by rail. In the long term, it would be possible to transport about 20% of packages by rail.
  • European steel manufacturers are also focusing on green transport with DB Cargo. Without CO₂ emissions, steel can be moved every day by rail, in a freight cycle from voestalpine’s sites to the major automobile manufacturers in the region and their suppliers. And in the opposite direction, the scrap from the automobile works returns to the steel plant in Linz. Since logistics partner CargoServ also uses exclusively CO₂-neutral, green electricity on the Austrian section of line, about 8,000 tons of CO₂ emissions are saved each year compared to truck transport.
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