Germany has made many remarkable strides towards sustainability in the past few years – they were the first nation to announce the abolition of nuclear power, the entire country already runs on 20% renewable energy, and now Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway operator, has announced plans to run all of its trains on 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. The German railway currently uses 2% of the country’s total electricity, so their goal will have a powerful impact upon the nation as a whole.
Deutsche Bahn’s switch to renewable energy will not only lower CO2 emissions but will also increase the railway’s competitive edge as the need for environmental protection becomes more and more urgent. The company has pledged to increase its current 20% renewable energy use to 28% by 2014, with the goal of going entirely renewable by mid-century. Deutsche Bahn’s ambitions commitment to clean energy is a bold statement that renewable sources are and will be more important players in our future, which looks pretty green right about now!