Sustainability at Deutsche Bahn

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With Strong Rail, we have anchored sustainability as a central purpose in our Group strategy. With the Green Transformation and our social responsibility, we are pursuing a holistic approach that encompasses the entire Deutsche Bahn Group.

Dr. Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Bahn
Ein ICE im Thüringer Wald auf der Schnellfahrstrecke zwischen Erfurt und Nürnberg.  | © DB AG / Faruk Hosseini

The Green Transformation of Deutsche Bahn

To ensure that future generations can live on a healthy planet, we have to act now. At Deutsche Bahn, we are rising to this challenge and taking responsibility. That is why we are systematically driving forward DB's Green Transformation in the fields of action climate protection, nature conservation, resource protection and noise reduction.


Our four fields of action for DB's Green Transformation

Climate protection
We are going climate neutral

Everyone at Deutsche Bahn is dedicated to an ambitious climate protection goal: Becoming completely climate neutral by 2040. We have adopted stringent incremental targets that will help us achieve this objective.

Nature conservation
We protect species

We take responsibility for ensuring that our ecosystem remains healthy. DB's Green Transformation sees us working on solutions that benefit biodiversity.

Resource protection
We conserve raw materials

We only have this one planet with its unique ecosystem. That's why we at Deutsche Bahn want to have implemented a complete circular economy by 2040.

Noise reduction
We're making railway quieter

Quiet trains make for Strong Rail. That is why we at Deutsche Bahn are working to minimize railway noise for over 50% of people affected by 2030 and for everyone affected by 2050.


Measures of our Green Transformation

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We take care of vegetation

To allow trains reliable and safe travel on the line, Deutsche Bahn carries out sustainable vegetation management in and around the track.

Nachhaltiges Vegetationsmanagement im und am Gleis. | © DB AG/ Claudia Münchow
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Fossil-free driving with biofuels

There are places where we cannot use electricity to bring goods and people to their destinations. We are therefore developing green solutions that help with aspects such as refueling our diesel fleet on rail and road.

Sylt-Shuttle mit Auto-Anhängern fährt mit Biokraftstoff | © DB AG/ Faruk Hosseini
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We put raw materials to good use

Clay, sand, gravel and stone: Each year, we extract tons of material from the ground when building new tunnels or cuttings. The digital marketplace Erdpool allows us to put the excavated minerals into the cycle.

We put mineral raw materials from our construction sites to the cycle | © DB AG/ Faruk Hosseini
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Winning by a nose

We are taking a new approach to wildlife conservation. When starting a new construction project, we plan to deploy special sniffer dogs so we can locate protected species at the site.

Our wild detection dogs help on our construction sites to detect protected species. | © DB AG/Faruk Hosseini
Mitarbeiter der Deutschen Bahn bei einem Workshop. | © DB AG / Max Lautenschläger

Social responsibility at Deutsche Bahn

With more than 300,000 employees worldwide, billions of passengers and a wide array of business partners, Deutsche Bahn plays a major role in society. As a pillar of society, we have a responsibility to bear and are measured by our actions.


Our standpoints of social responsibility

Strengenthing community
We strengthen community

At Deutsche Bahn, we shape the lives and work of many people. That is why it is important for us to strengthen the sense of community between us all and set a good example.

Supporting social engagement
We support social engagement

As a large company at the heart of society, we encounter many social concerns. We feel obligated to give back to society in a variety of ways. Deutsche Bahn Foundation, our independent charitable arm, plays a vital role in this regard.

Promoting diversity
We promote diversity

Our society is diverse. That is why we promote diversity as an integral part of our corporate culture, both internally and externally.

Taking responsibility for our history
We take responsibility for our history

We are aware that our company has a complex past within the broader context of Germany's history. We believe it is important to preserve the memory of the past, while looking forward for the sake of future generations.


Key focus areas of social responsibility

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Deutsche Bahn Foundation

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BSW & EWH Foundation Family

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Architectural heritage

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Christian Bedeschinski
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Equal opportunities, equal treatment/anti-discrimination, inclusion

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Key sustainability figures

Share of renewable energies in the DB traction current mix
Recycling rate
Track kilometers noise remediated

Sustainability Forum

At Deutsche Bahn's Sustainability Forum, decision-makers from politics, business, civil society and science meet to discuss the challenges of the future.

Deutsche Bahn CEO Dr. Richard Lutz at DB Umweltforum 2021 | © DB AG / Jet Foto Kranert

Networks and memberships

Deutsche Bahn is an important part of society and public life. As a result, it is essential for us to maintain a dialogue for partnership and a relationship built on trust with our stakeholders.

Menschen bei einer Besprechung | © DB AG / Max Lautenschläger

DB Train Simulator

With the DB Train Simulator, anyone can become a virtual train driver and learn how to get a train to its destination using as little energy as possible.

Triebfahrzeugführer des DB Fernverkehr unterwegs mit einem ICE 4. | © DB AG / Pablo Castagnola