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Green meadows on station roofs

What makes two of our stations climate neutral? Quite simply: their entire energy demand for heating and lighting is covered by means of green energy obtained from geothermal heat and solar panels. But that's not all. They also reduce their energy demand using a balanced lighting concept, comprising daylight and artificial lighting, and energy-saving LED lights. We opened our first green station in Kerpen-Horrem in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2014. Then our second one in Lutherstadt Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt at the end of 2016.

The construction of the green stations is based on a modular concept developed by our architects at DB Station&Service AG. It has a number of cornerstones. Renewable energy is obtained from geothermal, solar thermal or photovoltaic systems. Green roofs improve thermal insulation and collect rainwater. And we use materials made from sustainable resources from the local region in these stations.