Deutsche Bahn (DB – German Rail) has sealed Germany’s first power purchase agreement (PPA) to buy electricity from an offshore wind-farm.

By 2038, DB’s entire rail-power consumption will be 100 percent green.  Already,  57 percent of its energy requirement derives from renewable sources.

All DB long-distance trains are powered by 100 percent green electricity – symbolised by a green stripe and the additional green plug symbol.

CEO of DB Energie, Torsten Schein, says: “Over the next few years, we will consistently replace expiring contracts based on fossil-fuel generation with renewable energy.  Before the end of September, we will start a further Europe-wide invitation to tender for the long-term purchase of green electricity.”

Deutsche Bahn is already the largest green-power consumer in Germany, and the company has set itself even higher goals for the environment and the climate with its new “Starke Schiene” (strong-rail) corporate strategy.

In the picture is a new, green-striped, DB ICE 4 train.  280 ICE-trains will feature this stripe. Photograph copyright: Deutsche Bahn AG / Pierre Adenis.

DB press release.

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