German railways to cut particle pollution

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) has pledged to cut fine particle emissions from diesel locomotives, the country's environment ministry said on Tuesday. Junior environment minister Margareta Wolf welcomed the commitment only to purchase locomotives with particle filters as well as to retrofit existing stock. Railways risk losing their environmental lead as particle filters become standard on cars, she said. This would damage rail's competitiveness. A DB spokesperson told ENDS Europe DAILY that the firm had committed only to ensure that new locomotives met EU 2007 emission standards. Particulate emissions have fallen almost 80% since 1990, DB says. See press release, and DB.

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