2018 Integrated Report – On track towards a better Railway


Climate target: to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Since the year under review, we have been referring to our new climate target. By the year 2030, we will cut specific emissions of greenhouse gases (i.e. emissions based on volume sold) by more than half worldwide compared to 2006. If the right policy decisions are made, up to 11 million t CO₂e can be saved in Germany’s trans­­port sector as a whole by the year 2030 by switch­­ing traffic to the rails. At the same time, DB Schenker, as an international logistics provider, has set itself the goal of achieving climate-neutral growth, aiming to reduce specific greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% compared to 2006.

Accounting for all greenhouse gases

Our climate target, ecological footprint and specific greenhouse gas emissions are calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. In addition to CO₂, we also take into account all other climate-impacting gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These gases are quoted in CO₂ equivalents (CO₂e), which means their climate impact is converted into CO₂. Depending on the energy source (e.g. electricity), emission values may be about 10% higher than those of pure CO₂ emissions. We use energy consumption and the associated emission factors, plus performance data, to determine whether we have achieved our climate protection targets.

To achieve overall climate neutrality by 2050 we are gradually increasing the proportion of renewable energies in the DB traction current mix to 80% by 2030.

The greenhouse gas emissions of our global lo­gistics transport services outside Germany will remain constant over the coming decade despite further increases in transport volumes. To achieve this, our carriers are increasing the efficiency of their transport services and working on more sustainable transport solutions.