Air pollution control
We use modern vehicles to meet our customers' needs. And because they are less polluting and generate produce lower CO₂ emissions, they also benefit the environment. Let us introduce you to our vehicle fleets.
Our vehicle fleets: organized by standard
Rail vehicles and buses have a long service life, which means we aren't able to replace them as quickly as trucks and cars. We strive to use existing vehicles as long as possible and to extend their service life, particularly in light of dwindling resources.
Breakdown of DB's bus fleet by pollution standard: Breakdown of DB's car fleet by pollution standard: Our data on air pollution
We want to keep polluting emissions to a minimum since pollution can pose a health risk to people. But before we can take action, we need to know where emissions come from. That's why we document pollution broken down by mode of transport.
|Particulate emissions of journeys and transport, absolute [metric tons (t)]||2016||2015||2014|
|Regional/Local passenger rail transport||448||408||424|
|Long-distance passenger rail transport||95||100||105|
|Rail freight transport||296||373||383|
|Air freight 2)||581||624||625|
|Ocean freight 2)||5,365||6,184||7,014|
|Other transport 3)||3||3||3|
|Absolute carbon dioxide emissions (NMHC) of journeys and transport [metric tons (t)]||2016||2015||2014|
|Regional/Local passenger rail transport||1,793||1,372||1,402|
|Long-distance passenger rail transport||71||65||57|
|Rail freight transport||582||982||1,013|
|Road haulage 1)||1,749||1,687||1,902|
|Air freight 2)||2,824||3,035||2,672|
|Ocean freight 2)||3,346||3,840||4,349|
|Other transport 3)||38||37||37|
Absolute sulfur dioxide emissions:
|Absolute sulfur dioxide emissions (SO2) of journeys and transport [metric tons (t)]||2016||2015||2014|
|Regional/Local passenger rail transport||2,589||2,787||2,793|
|Long-distance passenger rail transport||540||546||375|
|Rail freight transport||2,011||2,353||2,385|
|Road haulage 1)||4,199||4,051||4,566|
|Air freight 2)||8,676||8,243||7,811|
|Ocean freight 2)||36,149||41,649||47,308|
|Other transport 3)||64||62||59|
Absolute nitrogen oxide emissions:
|Absolute nitrogen oxide emissions (NOX) of journeys and transports[metric tons (t)]||2016||2015||2014|
|Regional/Local passenger rail transport||15,959||13,285||14,127|
|Long-distance passenger rail transport||1,072||1,097||979|
|Rail freight transport||8,030||10,667||10,986|
|Road haulage 1)||15,045||14,514||16,360|
|Air freight 2)||29,296||27,167||23,520|
|Ocean freight 2)||59,639||68,656||77,790|
|Other transport 3)||322||376||382|
The following applies for all of the above tables:
From combustion, well-to-wheel (WTW), including DB Arriva from 2014
1) Change in method from 2015
2) With pre-carriage and onward carriage, change in method from 2015 (air freight).
3) Including DB Fleet Management, internal transport.
Pollution from particulate, carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions listed here has different effects. Particulate emissions, like nitrogen oxides, can cause respiratory diseases. Nitrogen oxides are also responsible for summer smog. Sulphur oxide causes acid rain, and carbon dioxide can cause allergies and other negative effects.