Ein ICE im Thüringer Wald auf der Schnellfahrstrecke zwischen Erfurt und Nürnberg.  | © DB AG / Faruk Hosseini

The green transformation of Deutsche Bahn

Hotter summers and torrential rain. Forests and fields drying up, species dying out. Our ecosystem is suffering and resources are becoming increasingly scarce. 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. That is why we have anchored DB's green transformation in our Group strategy Strong Rail.

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Train travel is active climate protection.

With the green transformation, we are living up to our ecological responsibility: We successively make all of our products, our services and the way that we work more environmentally friendly.

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With Deutsche Bahn's green transformation, we are living up to our ecological responsibility.

Deutsche Bahn's green transformation is a process that we are driving forward holistically in the four environmental fields of action of climate protection, nature conservation, resource protection and noise reduction. In addition, we are also facing up to our social responsibility, which affects the entire Group.

Climate protection

Our climate protection goal is to be climate neutral by 2040. By 2030, we will have already more than halved our CO2 emissions. To achieve this, we are relying on four powerful instruments – increasing the share of renewable energy, expanding electrification, the end of diesel, and the start of the heat transition.

100 %
climate neutral by 2040

Nature conservation

We want to maintain a healthy ecosystem by actively creating habitats for endangered plants and animals, and by encouraging biodiversity. In total, we have already been able to implement or planned more than 60,000 individual nature and species conservation activities since 2014.

Resource protection

For us, environmental protection also means using our resources carefully. That is why we have set ourselves an ambitious resource protection target: We intend to implement a full circular economy by 2040. To achieve this goal, we are taking a holistic approach. By 2030 we will have significantly increased the recycled content of our three main resources – rail steel, ballast and concrete sleepers. At the same time, we will maintain our recycling rate at the high level of at least 95 percent.

> 95 %
Recycling rate

Noise reduction

We know how important noise reduction is when we think about the people who live along the railroad. Because more traffic on the Strong Rail can only succeed if it is accepted by the people who live directly along the rail lines. This is why we are continuously reducing our trains' noise emissions, investing in noise reduction measures and developing innovative ways to make rail operations even quieter. We have a clear goal for this. By 2050, we will relieve all residents who currently live along polluted lines from rail traffic noise.

environmental measures

For us, being green is not just some kind of act. It is a mindset that shapes our actions. Every day, our employees work towards making Deutsche Bahn a greener company. At the same time, we offer our business and private customers sustainable products and services in all areas. With our environmental brand This is green. and more than 150 concrete individual measures, we are making the green transformation visible.