Eurostar: Travel carbon neutral from Nov14th!


The end is near! But how far can we extend the doom depends entirely on us. Take this Eurostar for example making strides for a greener tomorrow. Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service between the UK and the Continent, plans to make high-speed rail an even greener option for short-haul travel in northern Europe. Eurostar rail journey between London and Paris or Brussels is already at least 10 times less than the equivalent journey by plane.

What does carbon neutral mean?

Carbon neutral means reducing the emissions from an activity (like a train journey) where possible, and ‘offsetting’ (we’ll come to that in a minute!) the remainder to make a contribution towards neutralising the negative impact of the CO2 that is emitted. Over the next five years, Eurostar is cutting CO2 emissions per traveller journey by 25% and neutralising the impact of the remaining CO2 by investing in carefully selected ‘offset’ schemes. All direct journeys with Eurostar will be carbon neutral from November 14th 2007.

So how is Eurostar aiming to go ‘carbon neutral’? This from their website;

Eurostar will achieve a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger journey by 2012 by:

• Installing energy meters on trains to help drivers drive as economically as possible
• Fitting new controls for train lighting, heating and air-conditioning to reduce power consumption
• Working with suppliers, particularly Eurotunnel and Network Rail, to source cleaner electricity supplies
• Making even better use of train capacity
• Designing energy efficiency into the mid-life re-engineering of the train fleet.

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