ÖBB stays on track with environmentally friendly Verbund power

9/29/2009Wien

ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG (Austrian Railways) and Verbund agree to renew their power supply contract for another five years.

From the beginning of this coming year, a total of 4.4 TWh of domestic hydroelectric power will be supplied to ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG until 2014. This means that - besides ÖBB’s own power generation - Verbund will remain their main supplier of railway electricity, thus contributing essentially towards electro-mobility in public transport.

In Austria, around 92% of ÖBB’s railway electricity requirements are covered by renewable energy sources. The freshly renewed power supply contract between ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG and Verbund allows for further improvement of the positive eco-balance of railway electricity supply.

Verbund is on track with electro-mobility
With about 900 GWh a year, Verbund is a key pre-supplier of ÖBB, which has annual railway electricity requirements of around 2,000 GWh. Accordingly, Verbund is making a valuable contribution towards electro-mobility and additionally contributes essentially towards making ÖBB one of the cleanest railways in Europe, since ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG also generates and procures most of the remaining electricity needed for railway power from domestic hydropower.

Commitment towards environmental protection
Verbund-CEO Wolfgang Anzengruber regards the contract renewal as a clear commitment towards clean and climate-friendly transport: "This contract once again underlines Verbund’s outstanding expertise in power trading and its commitment towards hydropower and thus renewable energy sources."

Gilbert Trattner, Member of the Managing Board of ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG pointed out the high ecological standards met by Verbund, and emphasized the longstanding partnership between Verbund and ÖBB.