Freight belongs on rail.

We want Germany to reach its climate targets. Goods transport has a key role to play in this. The more goods the country shifts from roads to rail, the greater the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. We want to play our part, so we created our "Freight belongs on rail" campaign. Now you can make a contribution too by supporting us. Everyone who joins the campaign makes it bigger, stronger and more visible.

What we are doing for climate-friendly logistics:

1. Enabling companies to make their supply chains as low-emission as possible.

We have created a high-speed rail freight system – a network of connections that run between Germany's main economic hubs several times a day. Thanks to these trains, we can provide companies and society as a whole with eco-friendly and sustainable supply services that take goods and freight to almost every corner of Germany. Our trains make it possible to cut CO2 emissions by almost 80 % compared to lorries.

2. Making climate-friendly logistics easier.

We are investing in the automation and digitalisation of our infrastructure to speed up the entire logistics chain, from booking to final delivery. Digital information systems make green logistics as easy as online shopping, from booking through to final delivery.

3. Combining rail and road in a smart way.

No one form of transport is perfect in every situation. Unfortunately. The real game changer for sustainable mobility is a logistics chain that uses the right transport option for each stage. This way, it is possible to combine the environmental benefits of rail with the flexibility of roads: eco-friendly trains handle the long section of a route between terminals, while lorries are used only on the "last mile" between our terminal and the customer's premises. Our goal is to expand this combined transport network so that CO2 emissions in the transport sector are halved by 2030. This is equivalent to taking a large coal-fired power plant offline every year.

Germany needs Strong Rail

For Europe

We connect Europe. With a strong rail network. With more employees, more destinations, more trains, more services.

For the economy

Trains can transport goods quickly and safely. They can help us to meet our sustainability targets and deliver on our promises to decarbonise transport.

For the climate

We want to cut CO2 emissions by 10.5 million tonnes every year. We can do this if we shift more freight to the green rail network.

For people

The more goods we transport by train, the more everyone's quality of life improves. This means less particulate matter in the air, less time spent stuck in traffic, less need for roadworks on motorways. 


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Freight belongs on rail.

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Questions & answers

How can I join the Freight Belongs on Rail initiative?

Go to our website and sign up with your name and email. This way, we can keep you informed and at the same time show the world how many people support green logistics.

If I sign up, how safe is my data and what will it be used for?

We will only use your details to provide you with information about the campaign.

How does the environment benefit when companies use different modes of transport to move freight?

We want to combine transport services in an intelligent, environmentally sustainable way. Lorries, for instance, are good for transporting goods on the final leg of a journey. And they make our green logistics services attractive to companies that don't have their own private sidings. 

Why now?

Moving more goods to trains is hardly a new idea. But global warming has made the issue more urgent than ever before. This is our last chance to do something.

Why have you started a initiative? And why should I support it?

We believe that there isn't enough focus on green logistics in current climate debates despite the crucial role it plays. We want to change this. We can achieve a lot if we get enough support.

Why does freight belongs on rail?

Transporting more goods by train means we can take the pressure off roads, reduce emissions and protect the climate for future generations.