Deutsche Bahn (DB - German Railways) has scooped the title of the best unlisted company from non-profit organization CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) for its comprehensive climate protection activities.
After evaluating DB's climate-related reports for 2013, CDP awarded the company a score of 99 out of 100 points, securing the organization an A grade for climate protection. This is the best possible rating and gives the company a leading international position.
The CDP announced DB's score at its Climate Leadership Conference which was held in Munich on October 16. CDP is a one of the most highly respected ratings organizations active in the field of sustainability, it assesses almost 2,000 companies' climate protection activities.
Despite participating in the evaluation process for just the first time, DB still managed to secure an impressive position on the internationally recognized Climate Performance Leadership Index, a list of 187 major international companies compiled by CDP.
Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Chief Sustainability Officer at DB and member of the Management Board for Transport and Logistics, explains: “This accolade further validates our climate protection activities, proving that we are on the right path. We want to provide our customers with products and services that are climate-friendly, and the long-distance rail journeys of millions of customers are already powered by 100% renewable power for CO2 travel."
Since the German government's reform of the rail system in 1994, climate protection has been a core concern at DB and is now part of the Group's DB2020 strategy. The company aims to be an environmental pioneer and is constantly increasing its energy efficiency and the proportion of renewable energy used to power its trains: this figure recently reached 35.2%. The company's climate protection target of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% between 2006 and 2020 for all its international activities is now also within reach due to DB's green products and services in long-distance transport.