September 12, 2013

DB on course for renewable traction energy target

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DB on course for renewable traction energy target DB AG/Lautenschläger

GERMAN Rail (DB) said on September 11 that it expects to draw 35% of the traction current requirement for the German railway network from renewable energy sources by 2015, five years ahead of schedule.

Unveiling DB's 2012 sustainability report in Berlin, chief sustainability officer Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch said: "The renewable sourcing of power for our long-distance services has already made us the biggest customer for green energy in Germany."

With an electrified network covering nearly 20,000km, DB is one of Germany's largest industrial power consumers. Last year renewable energy accounted for 24% of traction current, and this figure is expected to reach around 30% this year.

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