Deutsche Bahn pledges to lower CO2 emissions

Deutsche Bahn has set itself a new, ambitious climate protection target, to reduce specific CO2 emissions worldwide by at least fifty percent by 2030. This is a major step toward becoming a completely climate-neutral group, which Deutsche Bahn intends to be in 2050.
The next milestone is being targeted by DB Long Distance, in that every passenger will travel using 100 percent renewable power from 1 January 2018. As a result, some 140 million passengers annually will travel entirely CO2-free. Previously, this was only the case for holders of BahnCards or monthly and annual passes and passengers who had paid an additional euro for green energy on each leg of their journey.
Since 2013, DB Long Distance has invested around 100 million euros in sustainable wind and hydroelectric power purchased in addition to regular energy. Deutsche Bahn intends to increase the share of power it uses from renewable sources in all of its rail operations (local, regional, long distance and freight), from 42 percent currently to 70 percent by 2030.
It was already a goal under the DB2020+ Group strategy to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2020, relative to 2006 levels. The tangible and constant increase in renewable energy’s share in the traction current mix in particular is expected to lead to further reductions.
Deutsche Bahn has now launched the “Das ist grün” (“This is green”) marketing campaign. More than 100 projects, addressing such wide-ranging topics as green long distance travel, biodiversity conservation and biodegradable workwear, are being presented in publications, at stations and on trains. By these means, DB is demonstrating the ecological nature of its products and services in all their diversity for the first time.

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