DB sets new targets for recycled steel and track ballast
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is targeting a 45-percent share for recycled rail steel by 2030, almost doubling its previous target. The company’s target for the share of recycled track ballast has tripled to around 40 percent, CEO Richard Lutz announced on Thursday.
With its fresh recycling targets, DB aims to save some 10 million tons of new materials and shave off emissions of at least 300,000 tons of CO2. The newly announced moves come ahead of the complete circularity target for 2040. That same year, DB aims to be fully climate neutral.
“By increasing the share of recycled rail steel, track ballast and concrete sleepers, we are taking a big step towards recycling management, because these account for around 80 percent of the total use of resources at DB”, Lutz said.
In order to become fully climate neutral in the coming years, DB has taken a variety of steps and set itself a host of targets. In 2025, all factories, office buildings and train stations should be switched over to green electricity. In 2038, DB also wants to source its traction current from sustainable sources.
Below radar, the operator is also taking smaller steps, such as using eco-friendly paving stones at stations, more sustainable dishes on the on-board catering menu.