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Eurostar notes progress on environmental goals


Eurostar recently published its first "Tread Lightly Report," which outlines the high-speed rail service's progress toward achieving environmental targets.

The report updates Eurostar's Tread Lightly plan, unveiled in April 2007, which included a target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent per passenger journey by 2012, a 10-point plan to reduce all other environmental impacts, and a commitment to neutralize the carbon from all passenger journeys.

During the past two years, Eurostar has cut carbon dioxide emissions 31 percent per passenger journey, due in large part to higher load factors and a switch of electricity supply in the Channel Tunnel. As a result, the agency has increased its CO2 emission reduction goal from 25 percent to 35 percent by 2012.

Eurostar also has increased waste recycling at its UK maintenance depot; reduced waste being sent to landfills from directly managed sites 70 percent; added new measures to help travelers reduce emissions when connecting with Eurostar services; introduced biodegradable and recyclable paper, and plastic crockery and cutlery onboard trains; added greener electricity tariffs at the head office, UK contact center and Ashford International car park; and recycled old uniforms into new clothing and accessories.

Eurostar runs between Britain and mainland Europe, linking St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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