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Working together with DB Cargo Polska for Green Rail and climate protection

We are pleased to announce that PKP Energetyka and DB Cargo Polska have signed a letter of intent regarding their cooperation as part of the Green Rail programme. The purpose of this new agreement is to develop rules for supplying DB Cargo Polska’s railway transport operations with traction energy from 100% renewable energy sources (RES) within 3 years.

Thanks to this cooperation, from January 2022, half of the traction energy delivered to DB Cargo Polska by PKP Energetyka will be environmentally friendly; from January 2023, this share will rise to 100%. As such, DB Cargo Polska will become a green carrier supplying its entire fleet with energy from RES and will be the first company to be able to offer an ecological freight transport service to the Polish market.

“We are aware that our business activities do not come without an impact on the environment in which we operate. As a result of this awareness and in order to meet the expectations of our customers, the DB Cargo group has developed two products: 'DBeco plus' and 'DBeco Neutral'. The first of these products offers customers the opportunity to have their transport services supplied with electricity from RES, with the entire process monitored and certified by TÜV SÜD. The second product allows employers to compensate for CO2 emissions by participating in ecological projects,” says Marek Staszek, President of the Management Board of DB Cargo Polska. “DBeco plus is currently available in Germany and Austria. We hope that as part of the cooperation with PKP Energetyka, we will be able to extend this provision to the Polish rail market,” he adds.

Rail is already one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly modes of transport. A freight train emits two times less carbon dioxide per ton-kilometre than maritime transport and four times less than road transport. In order to strengthen the rail industry’s green credentials, companies from the sector cooperate actively as part of the Railway Energy Efficiency Center (CEEK) with the aim of increasing the amount of green energy in the Polish catenary system. The current share is 12%.

“Over the last 5 years, the PKP Energetyka Team has conducted a digital and organizational transformation that means we are now able to offer our customers the opportunity to decarbonize. According to global trends, green products and services will be the key competitive advantage of businesses in the future. We want the rail industry to attract as many goods and passengers as possible, and as such, Green Rail is a key pillar of our strategy from now until 2030. We are delighted that our energy is helping to make the DB Cargo Polska green supply chain possible. The signed letter of intent demonstrates that partner cooperation within the sector can help make transport services even more environmentally friendly,” says Wojciech Orzech, President of the Management Board of PKP Energetyka.

“Following the mobilization and involvement of the entire railway industry, the concept of Polish Green Rail was founded as a joint initiative with PKP Energetyka in the form of the Railway Energy Efficiency Center. I am happy to announce that today, we are moving from the concept phase to the implementation phase. We believe we will be successful in systematically widening the list of carriers that offer their customers 'green' energy services, making the railway industry a leader of the green transformation,” added Leszek Hołda, Member of the Management Board of PKP Energetyka.

Last modified: 2/23/2021