On November 14th 2007 Eurostar will start operating out of their new station at St Pancras. They have teamed up with Friends of the Earth for a big party over at Paris and are claiming a carbon neutral journey.
How could that be I hear you ask. My thoughts exactly. As they have decided to invite moi along to celebrate the launch of their services from St Pancras to Paris, I thought it only right and proper to go along and investigate. I mean, it would be rude to pass up a free ride across to see our continental brothers.
FOE are holding a wee do at the Pompidou centre. Trains being my favourite way to travel and with my little boy being completely nuts about trains himself I have taken it upon myself, as a duty, to fufill such a journey of discovery. As you can see I will go to any lengths to provide you with accurate reporting from the frontline, as it were.
I will of course report back to you all about the neutrality of said journey.
Paris, Gare du Nord, awaits.
Part of Eurostar promotional material: From 14 November, all Eurostar journeys will be carbon neutral, at no extra cost to travellers. This is part of Eurostar’s Tread Lightly initiative, which includes a target of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per passenger journey by 2012.
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
Whilst CO2 emissions from generating the electricity that powers the trains are overwhelmingly Eurostar’s largest environmental impact, the business is also committing to a 10-point plan to reduce all other impacts.
Where Eurostar cannot eliminate CO2 emissions, it will invest in offsetting schemes as a last resort to ensure that every traveller’s journey is carbon neutral. Eurostar will work with a number of environmental organisations to deliver transparent, effective and appropriate offsetting schemes.