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ENVIRONMENT

As a business working across
a range of destinations for over twenty years, we have always had a strong sense of responsibility
to the environment and the communities in which we operate.

We are proud of all that we have achieved and are looking forward to building on our commitments over the coming years.

IN 2017, WE CARRIED NEARLY
0
CYCLISTS AND THEIR BIKES ACROSS THE CHANNEL AND
THAT’S NOT INCLUDING ALL THE FOLDING BIKES THAT ARE
TAKEN ON AS PART OF THE NORMAL LUGGAGE ALLOCATION

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

We're on a mission to change attitudes to short-haul travel – whether that means choosing the train over a plane to head to Paris,
or opting for a green taxi, a bike or a walk to get to the station.

We know we are only one part of our customers' journey but if we can get them directly to a city centre and stepping straight out onto public transport or connecting further into continental Europe or the UK by rail – we're helping to drive the switch to sustainable travel.

When it comes to choosing air versus rail there's a lot at stake. A Eurostar journey from London to Paris emits 90% less greenhouse gas emissions* than the equivalent short-haul flight, making it a no-brainer for the future of rail travel. We have already carried over 180 million passengers but it is up to us to boost this number and reduce emissions by carrying more and more travellers further afield or on onward connecting rail journeys.

We will work with partners and local and national authorities to enhance sustainability around our stations. By supporting electric public transportation we will contribute to reducing pollution for travellers and local residents. Our initial focus will be on St Pancras International which is our largest station.

*Independent analysis is carried out by Paul Watkins Associates Limited 2017, based on DEFRA methodology and on a per train, per passenger basis.

OUR TRAINS

After over 20 years of service we have taken the opportunity to invest £1 billion in purchasing new trains and completely refurbishing our original fleet.

Our new trains, called the e320 on account of their ability to travel at 320kph, carry 900 passengers – giving us a 20% increase in capacity. Our e320 trains are also ‘inter-operable’ which means that they are capable of operating across the European high-speed rail network and can go to new destinations, most notably, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

OUR e320
TRAINS CARRY 0
PASSENGERS GIVING US A 20%
INCREASE IN CAPACITY

OUR 17 NEW e320 TRAINS FEATURE A WIDE RANGE OF ENERGY-SAVING
AND ECO-FRIENDLY FEATURES TO HELP US KEEP REDUCING OUR IMPACT
ON THE ENVIRONMENT.

SAY SALUT TO
OUR e320...

RECYCLING AND WASTE

We believe in scrutinising every part of our business to maximise efficiencies and minimise waste.

This means that we

  • Send less than 1% of waste from our UK offices, stations and depot to landfill.
  • Recycle around 90% of the water used to wash our trains.
  • Give our blankets from our direct overnight ski trains to the Red Cross in France and to animal sanctuaries in London and Kent in the UK.
  • Donate used items of uniform to innovative charities such as “Suited & Booted” and “Smart Works” – who provide business dress for people who need suitable clothing for interviews.
  • Give redundant or older computer equipment to “Computers4Africa”.
  • During 2018, in partnership with Kringwinkel, Belgium – one of our environmental partners, we are donating around 1,000 items of luggage from wheelie bags to rucksacks. These will be up-cycled in their workshop and then sold in their 140 shops across Belgium.
  • Over the last couple of years we have introduced a new fleet of state-of-the art e320 trains. As part of this fleet transformation we have been able to donate a number of power cars from our original trains to the National Colleges for High-Speed Rail in Birmingham and Doncaster. A further two power cars have also been put on display at the National Railway Museum in York and Train World in Brussels. Our original trains which are no longer required have been recycled into steel to be used for other purposes.

WE SEND LESS THAN 1%
OF WASTE FROM OUR UK OFFICES, STATIONS
LANDFILL AND DEPOT TO LANDFILL

0%
OF THE WATER WE USE
TO WASH OUR TRAINS
IS NOW RECYCLED

OVER
0
ITEMS OF BUSINESS
DRESS HAVE BEEN
GIVEN TO MEN AND
WOMEN FOR JOB
INTERVIEWS

CUTTING EMISSIONS

As a transport operator, cutting carbon emissions is at the heart of
our plans to reduce our overall impact on the environment.

As well as making sure our trains are carrying passengers as efficiently as possible, this also means measuring the carbon footprint of our entire operation, from our engineering depot, contact centre, to our stations and offices. Since setting out to reduce our business CO2 emissions, we’ve been carefully tracking our results through the Greenstone carbon data management system.

This gives us a valuable baseline to work from and ensures our tracking and measurement is robust. We’re also gaining more visibility of our supply chain emissions, which means we can work with our business partners to identify even more opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment.

These software initiatives have put us in a strong position to measure and manage our own emissions and those of our suppliers. This enabled us to become certified to the Certified Emissions Measurements and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS).

TREAD LIGHTLY

We all do things like switch off lights, turn off taps and recycle rubbish at home, so why should it stop when we get to work?

Taking responsibility for our environment has always been central to everything we do at Eurostar. Across every aspect of the business we are committed to using less, recycling more and sourcing responsibly.

OUR FOCUS IS ON THREE AREAS:

ENGAGE

We want to empower everyone – our passengers, our teams and our local communities – to take action and engage with the environment.

SWITCH

The benefits of taking the train over flying are huge when it comes to environmental impact, so we’re on a mission to encourage travellers to switch from short-haul flights to high-speed rail.

WE’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE BACKED UP BY OVER 60 COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT CHAMPIONS WHO ARE ALWAYS COMING UP WITH NEW WAYS TO MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE.

DELIVER

We know that if people are going to switch then they’ll need attractive routes and easy connections to take them further. That’s why we are expanding our reach across Europe.

In addition to transporting travellers between the UK and France, Belgium, the South of France and the French Alps, we are launching a new route to Amsterdam and Rotterdam – establishing a fast, comfortable, environmentally friendly link between these key destinations.

As well as aiming to carry more passengers, we are also taking practical action, encouraging recycling and energy saving schemes in our offices. Everyone from across the business is key to the successful implementation of these initiatives.

OUR FOOD ON-BOARD

We know what we're talking about when it comes to trains but where our food's concerned,
we work in close partnership with our principal supplier, Momentum Services and Michelin
Starred Chef, Raymond Blanc, who is our Business Premier Culinary Director.

Every meal is created with sustainability and responsible sourcing in mind – and, of course, all the flair and panache you would expect from Monsieur Blanc.

All ingredients must be:

  • In season, where possible
  • Free from genetically modified products
  • From sustainable sources
  • Fairtrade or organic if possible
  • Not air-freighted unless absolutely necessary
  • Sourced from farmers committed to high environmental standards

Meat must be indigenous, naturally fed, free range and easily traceable, and we never serve white veal or foie gras.

We try to use indigenous and underused species of fish, avoiding endangered species altogether.

We use fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables grown mostly in the UK which are organic or LEAF certified (Linking Environment And Farming). Frozen and dried fruit and vegetables are not used unless there really is no alternative.

We are a supporter of the “Taste of Kent Awards” and sponsor the beer category. In 2017 we featured a Kent beer or cider of the month in our UK business lounges. It proved so popular that in 2018 we now feature a beer of the month, sourced locally, in all our lounges.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERS

Working on our own initiatives is important but finding partners who are on the same wavelength can turn a great idea into a wonderful opportunity to drive change within our business and our communities.

At Eurostar we are proud to have environmental partners in the UK, France and Belgium.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRUST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (YPTE)

A registered charity that aims to create a better future by inspiring young people to look after the environment. YPTE provides a huge range of free environmental information on its website, which is written for young people and teachers, but also useful to adults wanting to find out more about key issues. Materials include an expanding range of educational videos, lesson plans and presentations for use in classrooms or by individual students. www.ypte.org.uk

GOODPLANET FOUNDATION, FRANCE

A recognised public interest foundation which aims to raise awareness of the importance of ecology through artistic and educational projects worldwide. The Paris City Council entrusted the Domaine de Longchamp to the Foundation for a 30 year period to establish a centre dedicated to ecology and humanism which is open to everyone. www.goodplanet.org

GOODPLANET BELGIUM

Goodplanet Belgium inspires people to help create a sustainable society by sharing expertise and taking positive action. It develops and supports projects, training and teaching packages on all sustainability themes. It is also the Belgian partner of the GoodPlanet Foundation. www.goodplanet.be

EUROSTAR VS PLANE

CARBON EMISSIONS PER PASSENGER JOURNEY.

UP TO 90% LESS EMISSIONS WITH HIGH-SPEED RAIL.

High speed train
Eurostar vs Planes
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