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DB Cargo is greener than ever

Rail freight transport is already very climate-friendly. But there is still room for improvement. With DB eco plus and DB eco neutral, transport by rail is completely CO2-free and road transport is climate-neutral.


DBeco plus:

The DBeco plus product allows freight to be transported with zero CO2 emissions on all routes in Germany and Austria. We use the third-party tool EcoTransIt World to first precisely determine the energy needs of your transports and then purchase the corresponding amount of renewable energy, which is derived from renewable sources primarily in these two countries. The renewable energy we purchase thereby replaces the amount of energy which would have been used in the traditional traction power mix. This helps protect the environment. What is more, 10% of the revenue we earn from DBeco plus is invested in plants or facilities which generate or store renewable power. The entire process is subject to audit by TÜV SÜD (Technical Inspection Association). We provide a certificate bearing the amount of CO2 emissions that have been prevented. This amount can be offset against the carbon footprint.

DBeco neutral:

CO2 emissions cannot always be eliminated. With DBeco neutral, we offset CO2 emissions which could not be avoided in transport, e.g. the emissions produced by lorries in pre-carriage and onward carriage. DBeco neutral therefore complements DBeco plus perfectly. To achieve this, we calculate the total CO2 emissions created by the supply chain, and you then decide how much of these emissions should be offset. Together with our partner “atmosfair”, we then invest in selected sustainability projects which meet the CDM Gold Standard, currently the most rigorous 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.

EcoTransIt World:

We use EcoTransIt World, a third-party tool, to calculate the CO2 emissions produced by the transport chain, and then provide a suitable offer. Visit www.ecotransit.org to calculate the CO2 emissions that could be prevented by choosing transport by rail instead of by lorry or other modes of transport.


atmosfair is a climate protection organisation focused on mobility. Payments can be made to offset unavoidable CO2 emissions; this money goes toward climate protection projects which meet the CDM Gold Standard. The climate is no longer considered an inexhaustible resource. Avoiding CO2 emissions is even better than offsetting them, however. www.atmosfair.de/en

Gold Standard:

The Gold Standard was created by the WWF and other NGOs in 2003 to better align climate protection projects with environmental protection and sustainable development. The Gold Standard for the Global Goals sets requirements for projects to maximise their positive impact. Project results are then measured and evaluated. A total of 1,400 projects in more than 80 countries support the use of renewable energy and higher energy efficiency in line with the Paris Agreement on climate protection. These projects involve their local communities and are monitored by qualified inspectors. www.goldstandard.org

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Meike Hillenbrand

Marketing Manager