Germany seeks to move more freight transport to rail to achieve climate targets

2021-03-29 22:06:02 GMT2021-03-30 06:06:02(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BERLIN, March 29 (Xinhua) -- DB Cargo, the subsidiary of Germany's state-owned railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB), and more than 230 freight forwarders planned to bring more transport from road to rail, Germany's Ministry of Transport (BMVI) said on Monday.

By better linking transportation by train and truck, DB expects to achieve a carbon reduction of around 50 million tons over the next ten years, according to the BMVI.

According to Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer, the cooperation will help achieve Germany's climate protection targets in transport.

"We want to get more freight off the road and onto environmentally friendly rail," Scheuer said, adding that freight traffic volumes in combined transport are expected to increase by nearly 80 percent by 2030.

Germany barely achieved its climate protection target for 2020, as it reduced the total amount of emissions by 40.8 percent compared to 1990, the government said recently. By 2030, the country seeks to cut emissions by 55 percent. Enditem