Since its earliest days, Eurostar, the cross channel high speed rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, has championed the environmental benefits of high speed rail and encouraged the switch to sustainable modes of transport.
With its long standing Tread Lightly environmental programme, established in 2007, Eurostar has reduced its carbon footprint by over 40%1 and today celebrates its 25th anniversary with ambitious new commitments reinforcing its position as the most sustainable choice for short-haul European travel.
Over the last 25 years Eurostar has carried over 200 million passengers. With each Eurostar journey emitting up to 90%2 less greenhouse gas emissions than the equivalent flight, and less carbon emitted per passenger than a single car journey from central London to Heathrow airport3, the environmental benefits of high speed rail are significant.
Third-star from the Sustainable Restaurant Association
In recognition of its commitment to serving sustainable, responsibly sourced food on board, Eurostar has now been awarded the highest rating of three stars from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), having held a two star rating since 2012. The SRA three star accreditation demands a very high standard of sustainability with ingredients that are seasonal, Fairtrade or organic, not air-freighted and sourced from farmers with high environmental and welfare standards.
Planting a tree for every train
To further reinforce its commitment to the environment and encourage consumers to choose rail over plane, from 1st January 2020, Eurostar has pledged to plant a tree for every train service that it operates across its routes. Working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, Reforest'Action and Trees for All, 20,000 additional trees will be planted every year in woodlands across Eurostar’s markets of the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
From the start of next year, customers travelling with Eurostar will be able to actively support the reforestation of woodland in Europe by choosing to travel by high speed rail.
1 43% reduction in Eurostar UK locations and offices verified by CEMARS certification in accordance with ISO14064-1:2006 (tCO2e/ thousand passengers)
2 Calculations carried out for Eurostar by Paul Watkiss Associates in 2017, based on DEFRA methodology
Contact your Travel and Transport Statesman team to book your next trip with Eurostar.