Integrated Interim Report 2019 – Germany needs a strong rail system



For a strong and climate-friendly rail transport

As a globally active mobility and logistics company, DB Group accepts its special responsibility in terms of climate protection:

  • By 2050, we will be CO₂-free. Important intermediate targets on this path are:
    •  By 2038, traction current will have been fully converted to eco-power.
    • By 2030, we will have at least halved specific CO₂ emissions compared to 2006 and, at the same time, we will have increased the share of renewable energies to 80%.

DB Group is already experiencing the consequences of climate change: hotter summers and fiercer storms are just some of the new challenges for the rail infrastructure and vehicles. We therefore approach climate-change effects holistically: 

  • The first pillar in our concept is our clear and ambitious climate-protection strategy. 
  • By creating living spaces for endangered species, dedicating ourselves to the promotion of biodiversity and using resources sparingly, we are making an active contribution to environmental protection in the second pillar. A healthy ecosystem is a precondition for sustainable economic management as part of climate protection.
  • But more passengers and more freight traffic for a strong and climate-friendly rail system also means increasing acceptance among residents. Noise protection measures therefore also contribute to the environmental impact. For this reason, our strategy for more noise protection forms the third pillar of DB Group’s environmental strat­­egy, alongside climate and nature conservation.

23rd Environmental Forum held with association and company representatives

At the annual Environmental Forum, the DB Management discusses with representatives from politics, business, science and environmental associations. This year’s theme was “Mobility in Times of Climate Change.” In a discussion with Prof. Dr. Kai Niebert (President of the German Nature Conservation Union), DB CEO Dr. Richard Lutz empha­­sized that DB Group recognizes its responsibility for environmental and, in particular, climate protection and at­­tain­ing Germany’s climate targets. DB’s board member for Digitalization and Technology, Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, talked with the Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze about the contribution that politics and the economy need to make in the area of climate protection. Michael Odenwald, the Supervisory Board Chairman of DB AG, Peter Tschentscher, the first Mayor of Hamburg and Markus Lewe, President of the German Association of Cities and Towns, also spoke to the about 200 participants.

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