17 Jun 2011 10:06:08
Eurostar reiterates environmental commitment
Eurostar has set itself new carbon reduction targets as part of its long-term plan to reduce its impact on the environment.
The train operator said it is planning on slashing its CO2
emissions by 25 percent by 2015, as well as introducing targets to cut the CO2
emissions per traveller.
In 2009 it managed to achieve a 25 percent per passenger reduction and in 2012 it is hoping to up this to 35 percent.
Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar chief executive, was quoted by Greenwise Business as saying: "We want to help Europe to become a low carbon economy. We are reducing our total carbon footprint [and getting] 2.5 million people to switch from air to rail."
It also announced the creation of a new award, a collaboration with Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, which will give a £20,000 prize to the best green travel initiative in England, France and Belgium, the three countries it operates in.
However, efforts still have to be made in its pledge to recycle 80 percent of rubbish and send no waste to landfill by 2012.