December 8

Pioneer in climate-friendly urban mobility


Hochbahn as blueprint for climate-friendly mobility in world cities.

At HOCHBAHN, being a pioneer in urban mobility is about being proactive – acting with foresight and making provision for future generations. That is why we are driving progress towards mobility transition in Hamburg. As a blueprint for the mobility transition in urban areas worldwide. The need for action has never been more urgent.

Hamburg’s Ambitious Journey to Climate-Friendly Mobility

We firmly believe that innovation is the key to climate friendly mobility and liveable cities. As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, we organize our actions in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our goals are twofold: to transform the climate-friendly future mobility in Hamburg and to become a climate-neutral company by 2030. To achieve those goals the City of Hamburg (net-zero by 2045) defined transformation paths. With respect to 2021 we have to reduce 0.9 million t CO2e in the transportation sector until 2030.

Introducing Hamburg-Takt: Revolutionizing Urban Transport for a Sustainable Future

Our strategy for mobility transition is called “Hamburg-Takt” (“Takt” means service-frequency). We are convinced that flexibility is key for reducing private car use. Shared mobility without a timetable but on-demand. Within 5 minutes everyone in Hamburg will have access to integrated public transport by 2030. Therefore, we enhance our services: consequently expanding the conventional local public transport as backbone of urban mobility, building an integrated autonomous on-demand service and integrating conventional and new forms of mobility into our mobility platform called “hvv switch”. Only by aligning public transport services to the needs of all people will we be able to turn the mobility transition into reality. 

Sustainable Mobility for all: efficient, socially fair, secure, comfortable, intuitive, consistent and reliable. 

To this end, we are electrifying our bus system until 2030. Here, our responsibility does not end in Hamburg. That is why sustainability criteria are implemented in our tenders from 2019.

We are also upgrading our existing infrastructure with smart innovations, which will help us to act efficiently and minimize the use of resources like the automation of existing metro-lines (capacity +50%). 

Pioneering Sustainable Infrastructure: Hamburg’s Fully Automated Metro-Line U5

In building the new fully automated metro-line U5 we are showing our pioneering sustainable spirit. With our CO2e-reduction strategy for one of the largest urban transport infrastructure projects in Europe we are demonstrating how to realize major projects in a more climate-friendly way (-70% CO2e).

Speaking of automation: with our industry partner HOLON we will bring autonomous, zero-emission on demand shuttles to the streets of Hamburg as early as 2024. They will play an important role in convincing people in reducing private car use.

For financing our mobility transition, we also convince our investors on the green capital market. HOCHBAHN is rated as Dark Green.


HOCHBAHN’s Vision: A Global Blueprint for Sustainable Urban Mobility

The proposition of public transport journeys in the world’s cities must double in this decade to bring global emissions down, in line with keeping the temperature rise to 1.5°C. Our transition-strategy can be a blueprint for cities worldwide. In 2025&2027 Hamburg will host the most important conference for sustainable urban mobility. Come, see and discuss with us the future mobility at the UITP-Summit! 

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