Project to phase out glyphosate
Safe rail operations and environmental protection are our top priorities. We therefore plan to refrain from using glyphosate from 2023. DB Group is consistently working on the phase- out of glyphosate, which was announced in 2019. As an alternative to combat the growth on the tracks, we rely on holistic sustainable vegetation management, which provides for coordinated use of various measures. These include digital vegetation control, the use of mechanical-manual procedures and the use of pelargonic acid. We have been in close and constructive discussions with the authorities for the approval of pelargonic acid. In addition to chemical vegetation control, we are also increasingly promoting alternative methods and are in intensive communication with other European railways. Among other things, we are working on the technological development of mowers.