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

We bring raw materials into the cycle

When we at Deutsche Bahn build new tunnels and other infrastructure, we extract huge quantities of material from the ground. These tons of sand, gravel, clay and stone we sell on the market, creating a sustainable economic cycle and protect resources. Erdpool makes this easy.  

From the construction site to the materials cycle

Erdpool is our digital marketplace for the sustainable use of minerals and helps us to put excavated material into a sustainable economic cycle. This is how it works: Thanks to Erdpool, we can offer displaced material for sale on our new marketplace even before our construction project begins. This means that the extracted materials can be better utilized elsewhere – claystone, for example, is perfect for the brickmaking industry. By delivering the material almost directly from the ground to the customer, we not only reduce the mining of valuable minerals but also the associated land use. This protects the environment and also saves landfill capacity. 

Quality is all-important to us. We analyze all materials in the laboratory before sale and provide samples. This enables us to keep supplying large quantities of material of consistently high quality. To ensure that clay, gravel and the like reach our customers in an environmentally friendly manner, we can organize Germany-wide transport by climate-friendly rail from the construction site to the customer's premises.

Expert advice for more resource protection

But Erdpool can do even more: The service, which is provided by DB Bahnbau Gruppe, also allows large-scale projects outside the DB Group to market their minerals via the platform. In addition, Erdpool can advise on recycling options and provides support with organizing logistics, procurement projects and contract award. With our expertise, we want to recycle as much material as possible with our customers and make a sustainable contribution to protecting valuable natural resources.