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Eco Solutions – DB Cargo is greener than ever

While rail freight transport is already very environmentally friendly, DB Cargo has taken things a step further. Our Eco Solutions ensure that your shipments are climate neutral.

 Our Eco Solutions


DBeco plus:

The product DBeco plus uses 100% renewable power for your shipments on all electrified routes in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. We determine the exact energy requirements of your shipments using the independent tool EcoTransIT World and purchase the corresponding amount of renewable power from renewable energy sources. The renewable power we purchase thus replaces what would otherwise have been conventional energy in the traditional traction energy mix. This directly protects the climate. In addition, 10% of the revenue from DBeco plus is invested in technology for producing or storing renewable power. The entire process is subject to audits by the TÜV SÜD technical inspection association. We provide you with a certificate for the CO2 savings made. These savings can then be taken into account in your carbon footprint.

DBeco fuel:

DB Cargo already delivers around 95% of its transport volume on electrified routes. With DBeco fuel we are now enabling you to save plenty of CO2 on non-electrified routes as well. We exclusively use fossil-free hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO) for shunting services or on diesel-powered rail routes within Germany. This reduces your greenhouse gas emissions by around 90% compared to conventional diesel. We also offset residual emissions produced upstream.
We only use HVO from biological residues and waste materials. This means that cultivable land for food is preserved. In addition, the HVO we use is free from palm oil.

DBeco neutral:

CO2 emissions cannot always be eliminated. With DBeco neutral, we offset transport emissions which could not be avoided, e.g. the emissions produced by trucks in pre-carriage and onward carriage. DBeco neutral thus perfectly complements DBeco plus and DBeco fuel. To achieve this, we calculate the total CO2 emissions created by the supply chain. You decide how much of these emissions you would like to offset. Together with atmosfair we then invest in selected sustainability projects which meet the CDM Gold Standard, currently the strictest standard for climate protection projects. These projects foster the growth of renewable energy sources, thereby helping to reduce CO2 emissions. Additionally, they support sustainable development in the regions where they are taking place by promoting technology transfer and the creation of local economic structures.

Are you interested? Please contact our customer advisor for more information!

Additional information

EcoTransIT World

With the independent tool EcoTransIT World, we calculate the CO2-emissions of your transport chain and provide a suitable offer. At www.ecotransit.org/en/emissioncalculator, the emission levels of different modes of transport can be determined.

Gold Standard

Gold Standard was founded in 2003 by WWF and other non-governmental organisations to best align climate protection projects with environmental protection and sustainable development. The Gold Standard for Global Goals defines requirements for projects to achieve maximum positive impacts. Results are measured and evaluated. 1,400 projects in more than 80 countries promote the use of renewable energies and the increase of energy efficiency in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement - with the involvement of the local population and monitored by trained inspectors. www.goldstandard.org


atmosfair is a climate protection organisation with a focus on mobility. Unavoidable CO2 emissions can be compensated - through climate protection projects according to the CDM Gold Standard. Thus, the climate is no treated as a free resource. www.atmosfair.de/en/