Eurostar plans to halve its use of plastics inside two years | Travel

Train operator additionally pledges to scale back meals waste as a part of new environmental targets

A Eurostar practice arrives at Rotterdam Central Station.
Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

Eurostar has unveiled a brand new 10-point plan to chop carbon emissions and cut back waste over the subsequent three years, highlighting the lowered carbon footprint of high-speed rail for short-haul journeys.

Among its pledges are lowering its use of plastics by 50% by 2020 – together with the thousands and thousands of plastic bottles handed out to passengers yearly. It will even work with its catering companions to scale back meals and different waste, at supply, and discover different supplies for packaging, aiming to ultimately eradicate paper ticketing with a discount of 50% by 2020.

The new targets construct on the preliminary Tread Lightly programme launched in 2007, which led Eurostar to attain a 32% discount in carbon emissions and a 50% reduce in waste throughout its business.

The operator already promotes itself because the “greener” different for journeys between London and Paris, claiming that high-speed rail emits as much as 90% much less carbon than flying and produces much less carbon per passenger than a single automobile journey from central London to Heathrow airport.

Assortment of coloured plastic straws.

Eurostar already has a ban on plastic straws onboard trains and in its lounges. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

Although it has not but introduced the launch date of its new London to Amsterdam service – it has been put again a number of occasions however is promised for the spring – it’s focusing on the 4 million-plus passengers who fly on that route yearly.

Nicolas Petrovic, outgoing chief government of Eurostar stated: “Over the last eight years we have reduced our carbon footprint by more than 30% but given the scale of the challenge facing the environment, we are now setting new targets. We are committed to increasing our energy efficiency and reducing our waste across the business.”

Eurostar carries greater than 10 million passengers yearly and Petrovic admitted that lowering its dependence on plastic bottles was a “major challenge”. But the aim of lowering using plastics has already begun with the ban of plastic straws onboard trains and in lounges, whereas steel cutlery is utilized in top notch. The company has arrange a working group to take a look at alternate options for plastic cutlery within the bar buffet, lowering plastic bottles and exploring using extra eco-friendly supplies.

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