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 meet like-minded people and drive change across our business and communities.
Throughout the UK, France and Belgium, hundreds of innovative, practical projects are making a difference to the way people travel every day. While they may be local in spirit, we want to help spread the word to a wider audience.
That’s why in 2012 we partnered with the widely respected Ashden Awards to launch the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel. Winning organisations receive a prize fund and a host of benefits aimed at raising awareness of their efforts.
After discovering that more than half the energy needed to run a tram on cold days is used on heating, Flanders bus and tram operator De Lijn is now fitting innovative energy management technology to 84 trams in Antwerp and 41 in Ghent. The new system will reduce tram energy consumption by 20%.
Covering 14,000 miles, the National Cycle Network is helping people across the UK get on their bikes. Through the Connect2 scheme, 84 new cycling routes have been built, bringing four million people to within a mile of a safer, greener transport route. The new routes will reduce CO2 emissions by 70,000 tonnes a year.
Awarded for its efforts to kick start the uptake of electric cars by creating the Electric Highway: a network of fast charging points across the UK motorway network. In 2014, they will install fast charging points at every motorway service station in Britain and introduce new technology to cater for all electrical charging standards, allowing a range of new models to use the network.
Public Transport authority, Tisséo-SMTC, impressed the judges with phenomenal growth in the use of public transport in Toulouse. ‘Tisser’ translates as ‘to weave’ and Tisséo has woven a comprehensive web of sustainable transport options to create a low-carbon travel network. Between 2006 and 2013, public transport journeys in the city increased by a staggering 80%.
YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRUST FOR THE
The Young People’s Trust for the Environment is a charity dedicated to providing environmental information and services to schools. Our partnership with the YPTE helps provide support from specialist environmental teachers for hundreds of schools so that every year over 80,000 young people learn how they can help protect their environment.
For the last two years, we’ve organised a ‘Have Your Say On Sustainability’ competition with the YPTE, inviting young people from across the UK to make a short video sharing their views on everything from energy efficiency and recycling to overpopulation and overfishing.
The competition has attracted considerable interest with the winners travelling on Eurostar to Brussels, where they present their views and recommendations to a group of MEPs in the European Parliament. As well as encouraging young people to develop a sense of responsibility for the environment, this is also a great opportunity to give them access to decision-makers and learn more about the workings of the EU.
“I WAS DELIGHTED TO HEAR FROM SUCH TALENTED AND INSPIRATIONAL
YOUNG PEOPLE. ALL THE MEPS WERE IMPRESSED WITH THEIR POISE,
CONFIDENCE AND GOOD IDEAS AND WE WILL CERTAINLY TRY TO
KEEP THEM IN MIND IN OUR FUTURE WORK.”
CATHERINE BEARDER, MEP
“WE’RE VERY PROUD TO WORK
WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRUST
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WERE
INSPIRED BY THE TOPICS THAT
THESE YOUNG PEOPLE BROUGHT TO
THE DEBATE, AS THEY
DEMONSTRATED REAL PASSION
AND DETERMINATION TO PROTECT
THEIR FUTURE AND DRIVE THE
Inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales, Start aims to make sustainable living second nature, so that everyone can enjoy a better quality of life.
Working in partnership with Start, we promote sustainable living through events and campaigns including Be The Start in 2013. Our Smarter Travel week encouraged people to ‘Be the start of smarter travel’, with travel tips and competitions across social media to highlight the work we’re doing to make Eurostar more sustainable and demonstrate how simple changes can make a big difference.
In 2012, we
became the first
transport company to
partner with the
Sustainable Restaurant Association, achieving
a one star rating.
Momentum takes care of our passengers in Standard Premier and, in Business Premier, serve hot and cold dishes designed with the Michelin-starred chef, Raymond Blanc OBE, who’s also our Culinary Director.
Every meal is created with sustainability and responsible sourcing in mind – and of course, all the flair and panache you’d 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 wherever possible 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 (Linking Environment And Farming) certified. Frozen and dried fruit and vegetables just don’t cut it, so we never use them unless we really have to.
We’re lucky to work in a part of the world with wonderful cheese. For trains leaving London, we source a selection of British cheeses, while travellers leaving Paris and Brussels get a taste of the best fromage from France and Belgium.
EVERY MEAL IS
IN MIND – AND OF
COURSE, ALL THE FLAIR
AND PANACHE YOU’D
EXPECT FROM MONSIEUR
“AS A CHEF, I’M ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR THE PUREST INGREDIENTS, STRIVING TO ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING I USE IS TRACEABLE AND RESPONSIBLY SOURCED. I’M DELIGHTED TO WORK WITH EUROSTAR WHICH SHARES THESE SAME VALUES AND WAS THE FIRST TRANSPORT PROVIDER TO JOIN THE SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION.”
RAYMOND BLANC OBE, PRESIDENT OF THE SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION AND CULINARY DIRECTOR, EUROSTAR