Fuel for the future


Fuel for the future

Whitepaper: How DB Cargo is responding to the diesel phase-out with the biofuel HVO.

The writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said: "We should not try to foresee the future, but make it possible." His quote also applies to the greatest challenge of the 21st century, climate change. Because only if we actively do something about it will we enable a future for ourselves.

Rail is the most climate-friendly way of transporting goods from A to B. But there is still potential to reduce CO2 emissions in rail freight transport, too. In addition to many other adjusting screws, the phase-out of fossil diesel is also of great importance. This includes the expansion of electrified lines on which freight trains run on 100 percent green electricity and alternatives for diesel lines. And this is where Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils, or HVO for short, come into play. This climate-friendly biofuel can already be used in every DB Cargo locomotive, displacing conventional diesel. This reduces CO2 emissions and also has other attractive benefits.

Download the whitepaper entitled "Out of diesel - How DB Cargo is tackling the diesel phase-out with the sustainable biofuel HVO" now and find out how DB Cargo will make rail freight transport even more sustainable and environmentally friendly in the future. Here's what you can expect in concrete terms:

  • What exactly is HVO and how does it help make rail freight transport climate neutral?
    HVO saves around 90 percent of CO2 emissions compared to fossil diesel and is produced from waste materials. DB Cargo also attaches importance to the fact that it does not contain any palm oil.
  • How does HVO work in practice?
    Diesel locomotives do not have to be converted for HVO, and the biofuel also protects the engines. In addition, the refueling infrastructure is being steadily expanded, so that around 15 refueling stations throughout Germany will soon be able to offer HVO - and the trend is rising.
  • What will happen in the future?
    Experts from DB Cargo show how HVO is now being used as a bridging technology on the way to phasing out diesel and which alternatives could play a role in the future.

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