19th February 2018

Eurostar pledges to halve paper and plastic consumption by 2020

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Eurostar has announced ambitious new environmental targets in support of its Tread Lightly commitments, including halving its paper tickets and plastic consumption within the next two years.

The targets, unveiled this week, are presented as a 10 point plan in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Science Based Targets Initiative.

The high speed rail service has already achieved a 50 per cent cut in waste and emits up to 90 per cent less carbon than flying. It has now eliminated plastic straws onboard its trains and in its business lounges.

The Tread Lightly programme focuses on minimising waste on board and identifying innovative alternatives to traditional packaging.

Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar, said: “Over the last eight years we have reduced our carbon footprint by over 30 per cent but given the scale of the challenge facing the environment, we are now setting stretching new targets.

“High speed rail plays a pivotal role in encouraging the switch to more sustainable modes of transport and we are committed to increasing our energy efficiency and reducing our waste across the business.

“As a business working across a range of destinations, we have always had a strong sense of responsibility to our environment and the communities in which we operate.  We value the relationships we have forged with local schools and are committed to building on our commitments over the coming years”.

In addition to cutting waste and emissions, Eurostar supports young people in the local area with its innovative Homework Club providing young people in the King’s Cross area with a quiet space for after-school study in its offices. The firm also offers a work experience programme, a language skills support and a longstanding apprenticeship scheme.

Eurostar’s Tread Lightly 10 Point Plan

  1. Reduction of 5 per cent of train energy by 2020.
  2. Deliver an energy efficient driving programme to all Eurostar train drivers by 2020.
  3. Introduce alternatives to fossil fuel energy for all train journeys by 2030.
  4. Invest in renewable energy at the firm’s UK depot, by installing banks of solar panels.
  5. Continue to prevent waste from going to landfill and increase rates of recycling.
  6. Commitment to reducing waste on board, reduce waste at source and use best industry practice to find innovative alternatives to traditional packaging.
  7. A working group has been set up, focused on reducing the usage of “plastic” with the clear remit of finding new alternatives to plastic. Eurostar’s aim is to reduce its consumption of plastic by 50 per cent by 2020.
  8. Using digital technology, aim to eliminate paper tickets with a reduction of 50 per cent by 2020.
  9. Exchange all the vehicles it owns for electric alternatives by 2020.
  10. Improve sustainable food credentials further by upgrading its 2-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association for onboard and business lounge food and drink to a 3-star rating by 2020.