Rail is greener

Rail is greener


Eurostar have commissioned a report from an independent researcher which has shown that taking the train on it's most popular route (London - Paris) is 10 times greener than flying from London to Paris.

Eurostar are also working towards being completely carbon neutral, so as of November 14th 2007, Eurostar will be proud to offer carbon neutral journeys.

Eurostar's commitiment to a greener future

ATOC report

Figures released by ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) show rail is becoming cleaner and greener still. In the same week as an announcement from EU leaders that Europe should seek to reduce its carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 ATOC announced that rail industry emissions were down by 22%.

According to the Baseline Energy Statement over the last 10 years, rail has reduced its average emissions per passenger kilometre by 22%. Noxious exhaust fumes from cars fell by 8% whilst those from the beleaguered domestic air industry increased by 5% according to national statistics. ATOC’s calculations are based on diesel and electric traction energy used by the passenger railway in 2005/6. On average rail travel currently generates a little over half the emissions per passenger kilometre of car and approximately one quarter that of domestic air. In the future by using off-peak seating capacity and running longer trains, rail can accommodate additional passengers with a very low additional carbon impact – between zero and half the current average.

Says ATOC Director General George Muir, ‘Obviously the railway can’t replace the car but to the extent reasonably possible, Britain will meet its environmental objectives more readily if rail carries a greater share of national traffic. Notwithstanding technical advances within the car industry, rail is likely to retain its environmental advantage.’ High load factors, an overall reduction in the carbon footprint of electricitygeneration over the last 10 years and the efficiency of new trains are understood to have fuelled the 22% reduction.

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