Corporate social responsibility

We take our responsibility seriously. Responsibility for people, for the community, and for the environment. Thus, we create value for generations.

As a leading rail logistics specialist, we not only focus clearly on the competition, but also on our values. We consider responsible conduct in harmony with the environment and the community to be an important principle for long-term economic success.

EcoVadis, an international rating platform that now assesses 50,000 companies in terms of corporate social responsibility, has awarded this responsible approach the status of "Silver". Read more

Rail is the way forward

Safe, reliable and good for the environment

We at ÖBB are the largest climate protection company in Austria. The CO2 savings that our environmentally friendly rail transport services make possible on a daily basis are what really make a difference. Every time your goods travel by rail instead of by truck, you save large amounts of CO2. In addition, the ÖBB uses 100 % green traction current in Austria. This also saves much more CO2 than covering the same distance in Austria by truck.

CO2 savings made by our logistics customers since 1 January 2020 *

25,693.75 t

Our CO2 calculator shows you the amount of CO2 emissions that were avoided in 2020. The figure displayed on the live ticker increases by the amount of CO2 saved with each batch of transported goods. 

* We save approx. 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year in Europe with the rail freight transport services that we and our partners handle within and across Austria. You would have to plant a forest one third of the size of Vorarlberg in order to absorb this amount of CO2.

The figures are based on individual consignment calculations via EcoTransIT-World based on relation-specific RCG data: EcoTransIT-World** identifies the environmental impact of freight transport in terms of energy consumption and freight transport emissions.

Getting greener one train at a time

With our efficient end-to-end logistics solutions, we not only keep the industrial engine running, but also secure supplies for the retail trade and thus the population. And with every tonne we transport by rail, we help the environment breathe again. And not just in Austria, but far beyond its borders. These are the tasks of today to create value for generations to come. Together with the European Union, we are doing everything we can to drastically reduce the negative effects of freight transport on the planet. That is why we have founded Rail Freight Forward – a coalition of European rail freight companies. The goal is to shift the increasing volume of traffic from road to rail and thus increase the modal share of rail freight transport to 30 % by 2030.

** EcoTransIT World is a publicly accessible, internationally recognized tool in the logistics sector for calculating the energy consumption and environmental emissions of global freight transport. Determining the energy requirements and the emissions of each batch of transport is carried out using a corresponding algorithm based on the freight item, the energy source, the route length, the freight allocation, upstream and downstream processes, the loading factor and the proportion of empty runs. A database with emission factors for different modes of transport, country-specific power mixes and vehicle fuel consumption trends, combined with the transport parameters provide the basis for calculating emissions.

Quiet Train Tracks Initiative: reducing vehicle noise

We are doing our utmost to make rail freight transport quieter and are equipping all our freight wagons that are in service with new, quiet brake pads. Read more (information only in German available)

For the good of the environment

Our business model is inherently sustainable. Because the more your goods travel by rail, the greener it becomes. The underlying principle is extremely simple: With every kilometre and every tonne transported by rail, the environment is protected. Because rail freight transport releases 44 times less CO2 to the environment than road transport. (Values valid in Austria for a truck with average load)

Moving the economy

We ensure the economic success of our company with one hundred percent rigour and reliability. With this, we create the basis for ensuring our customers the decisive competitive advantage on the market.

Obliged to society

We live and breathe responsibility. As an employer, we depend on our employees and invest as one of the largest training companies, not only in our young people but also in our future.