Germany's renewable rail shift

Germany's renewable rail shift

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Germany’s Deutsche Bahn has brought forward its target for using 100% renewable energy from 2050 to 2038. The date neatly coincides with the country’s planned exit from coal.

The move is part of the train company’s Strong Rail strategy. DB says that no other mode of transport is as eco-friendly or as strong in electric mobility as rail.

“If we want to meet Germany's climate targets, traffic needs to be shifted to rail on a massive scale,” it maintains.

DB will add 350m train-path kilometres – a 30% increase in capacity – to the rail network, by upgrading the system, leaning on technological innovation and digitalisation, and through more efficient use of existing capacity.

The company also says its stations are set to become centres for state-of-the-art multimodal mobility. “The goal is to double station capacity to host up to 40 million guests a day and to create seamless transitions between rail travel and travel by bike or bus or using new mobility services [such as] car sharing and e-scooters.”

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