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Germany : DB s long-distance transport goes green.

Environmental protection is taking on a new dimension at Deutsche Bahn (DB), which will offer its regular customers and frequent travellers a special service beginning 1 April 2013. Some five million BahnCard and season ticket holders who take DB s ICE, Intercity and Eurocity trains will be able to travel exclusively using green electricity at no extra charge. All business travellers registered for the bahn.corporate program will also travel CO2-free on long-distance Deutsche Bahn trains. This service will triple the percentage of renewable energy sources in long-distance DB transport.

A project like the energy turnaround only comes around once a century. For it to be a success, we must work together. There is a lot of dormant potential in the transport sector, which we can tap using alternative fuel technology and green electricity. I support Deutsche Bahn in its quest to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy sources by 2050. By assuming a pioneering role, Deutsche Bahn is making an important contribution to the energy turnaround, said Federal Minister of Transport Dr. Peter Ramsauer.

Beginning in April 2013, at least 75 per cent of all long-distance journeys in Germany will be powered exclusively by electricity from renewable energy sources. If there is enough demand from customers, DB will even be able to achieve a much higher percentage. DB is positioning itself well ahead of airplane and car travel in terms of emissions per passenger in long-distance transport. For its customers, travel will be even more environmentally friendly than travel by long-distance coach thanks to the new offer.

This step is a quantum leap in the direction of further expanding our lead as an eco-pioneer ahead of other modes of transport, said Dr. RE-diger Grube, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn. Not only are we making a substantial contribution to environmental protection, we are also offering our most loyal customers real value added and we re covering the cost.

In addition to new customers who purchase a BahnCard or season ticket for long-distance transport, as of 1 April 2013, current BahnCard and ticket holders will also automatically benefit from the new offer. These customers do not need to take any action. All of their long-distance journeys will automatically be switched to renewable energy sources and the corresponding green electricity will be supplied to the traction current grid. DB will cover the costs of the offer. Accompanying passengers and children or grandchildren of BahnCard holders who are entered on the ticket will also travel using 100 per cent green electricity at no extra charge.

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