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GREAT NEWS: DB sets ambitious recycling targets for 2030

GREAT NEWS: DB sets ambitious recycling targets for 2030
photo: Deutsche Bahn/GREAT NEWS: DB sets ambitious recycling targets for 2030
09 / 10 / 2022

In the coming years, Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) will consistently focus on protecting valuable resources such as steel and concrete. To this end, the company has set ambitious recycling targets for the period up to 2030.

As DB CEO Dr. Richard Lutz announced on the occasion of the Sustainability Forum in Berlin on Thursday, the recycling share of rail steel, for example, is to be almost doubled to 45 percent. In the case of track ballast, the aim is even to triple this to around 40 percent. Overall, DB wants to save at least 300,000 tons of CO2 and around ten million tons of new material by increasing the use of recycled materials. A complete circular economy is then to be established by 2040.

"DB is continuing to drive forward its green transformation and is setting itself clear targets for resource conservation," said DB CEO Dr. Richard Lutz. "By increasing the recycled content of our main resources - rail steel, track ballast, and concrete sleepers - we are taking a major step toward a circular economy, as these account for around 80 percent of DB's total resource use."

For the increasing use of recycled materials, the Group will give greater weight to sustainability criteria in tendering and award processes. In addition, as a major market player, DB is relying on strategic partnerships with industry partners and suppliers to drive the development of recycled and recyclable products.

The careful use of resources already plays a key role at DB today: For example, DB procures trains that conserve resources, greening the range of on-board catering by offering vegan, vegetarian, and organic dishes, or using recycled eco-pavers that are installed at stations and stops. DB is also already on the right track when it comes to waste management, with a high recycling rate of more than 95 percent.


Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases


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