Integrated Interim Report 2019 – Germany needs a strong rail system


Progress in climate protection

Eco-power at the 15 largest railway stations

Since 1 January 2019, the 15 largest stations in Germany have been supplied with 100% eco-power. About 70 GWh has been replaced by “green” electricity. This corresponds to about 20% of the total annual electricity consumption of all stations in Germany. On an annual basis, we save about 35,000 t CO₂ through the use of renewable energies when supplying the stations. In total, these include six stations in Berlin, the main stations in Hamburg, Hanover, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Nuremberg and Stuttgart, along with three stations in Munich.

Indications of more climate protection in freight transport

Noah’s Train, the longest mobile art work in the world, be­­gan its journey across Europe on December 14, 2018 in Katowice, the host city of the 2018 World Climate Change Conference. This train highlights European rail freight companies’ commitment to climate protection and aims to generate support for shifting more traffic to the environmentally friendly rail. The aim of the Rail Freight Forward joint initiative of the European rail freight industry is to increase the share of rail freight transport in Europe from 18% to 30% by 2030. DB Group is therefore working with its European partners to build the transport mix of the future in the direction of climate protection.

Rail freight transport by DB Cargo saves about 5 million t CO₂ on an annual basis. Over long distances, electric rail freight transport is the better, more economically and ecologically viable alternative to trucks. Rail’s market share must therefore grow stronger in this area for us to meet the obligations of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.