Illustration of a station

100 percent green electricity

After switching to 100 percent green traction energy supply, ÖBB is now opening the next chapter in climate protection: Railway stations, offices, workshops, container cranes – all using 100 percent green energy supply.

We give 100 percent for 0 emissions

(Video in German)
As one of Austria’s largest climate protection companies, ÖBB considers itself to be a part of the solution in the fight against climate change. With the switch to 100 percent green electricity for our railway stations, offices, workshops and container cranes, we are reaching the next milestone in becoming a CO2-free group. In this way, we are already creating an environmentally-friendly infrastructure today that will enable our children and grandchildren to have a future worth living tomorrow.

  • Translation transcript of video for reading

    We always give 100%
    Film footage, music in the background, short moderation.

    The Vienna South freight centre is shown.
    Employees from various professions go about their work.
    Speaker: We always give 100 per cent and now we get 100 per cent back.
    From now on, all ÖBB stations and operating facilities will run on 100 per cent green electricity.

Environmentally friendly power supply

Environmentally friendly power supply, electricity from water, wind and solar power: the railway is climate-friendly. Using energy efficiently and investing in new ideas and technologies. This is ÖBB-Infrastruktur. It’s why we also want to compensate for upstream emissions in the long term. Not a single litre of oil, not a cubic metre of gas or coal should be used to generate the electricity that moves trains, passengers and goods. Every year, we and our customers save around 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide for the environment through rail transport. A quantity that would require a forest the size of Vorarlberg to be taken up again.

Blick auf die Staumauer Tauernmoos

Clean power from hydropower

(Video in German)
Our skill is climate protection. With an average of 90 per cent hydro-electric power in the rail power supply mix we, ÖBB-Infrastruktur, are one of the most environmentally-friendly infrastructure operators in Europe. We operate a complex infrastructure for a reliable and fail-safe traction power supply. We produce a third of Austria’s traction supply demand in our eight hydropower plants.

Hydroelectric power - Projects for Austria
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    From hydropower to tractive power
    Film footage, speaker in the background

    Snow-covered mountain ranges are shown.
    A reservoir and a dam wall are seen.
    Pressure pipes lead the water into a power station building in the valley. A turbine is turning.
    A train is shown running at full speed.

    Narrator: What energy source makes it possible for trains to run?
    It is a typical Austrian energy source, water power.

    Mountains and Lake Spuller are shown.

    Narrator: From a topographical point of view, the form of generating electricity from water is ideal in the Alpine country. It has a long tradition, the ÖBB has been relying on the clean and environmentally friendly generation of energy, from hydropower, for almost 100 years.

    Transformer stations and substations are shown.

    Speaker: Approximately one third of the "electricity demand of the railways" required in Austria is generated and distributed in our eight hydropower plants in Austria. In order to cover the entire Austrian demand for traction current, we also need electricity from the public grid. This is converted into 16.7 Hertz of traction current in our five conversion plants. We are working on various projects to make additional use of hydropower in Austria. We are also developing ways to use our hydroelectric energy even more efficiently. Inventions such as the regenerative brake support the environmental friendliness of the railway as a means of transport.

    The railway is fascinating, then as now. It connects places and people. Our contribution gives it the independence we need for future-oriented mobility. Environmentally friendly, economical and modern with the power of water.

    Finally, a reservoir is shown.

Solar panels for the railway

We have not only been using hydropower, but also solar energy since our lighthouse project in Wilfleinsdorf, which has been generating environmentally friendly traction current since 2015 and is thus the first traction current solar power plant in Europe. Photovoltaic systems have proven to be an important part of our climate protection strategy. We will continue to rely on the power of the sun in the coming years. This will supply trains with environmentally friendly green electricity.

Solar energy - Projects for Austria
Solar power plant
The illuminated station Praterstern at night

Using energy efficiently

Energy efficiency and energy-saving are always important topics for us. We are also committed to climate protection for economic reasons. Less energy demand in vehicle operation, in railway stations, in installations and in the offices reduces operating costs.

We make the world greener

Upstream emissions in our traction current are compensated for by forestation programmes in the tropical rain forest in Costa Rica and in the ÖBB Customers Forest near Vienna.

Deciduous forest
Catenary masts

Expanding electrification

An important step towards further CO2 reduction is the electrification of additional railway lines. The following routes are on the agenda in the coming years: Arnoldstein–Hermagor (2019), Gänserndorf–Marchegg (2020), Marchegger Ast (2023), Klagenfurt–Weizelsdorf (2023), Koralmbahn Graz–Deutschlandsberg (2023), Koralmbahn Wolfsberg–Klagenfurt (2023).