Eurostar has announced a new ten-point plan to support its Tread Lightly environmental commitments.

The high-speed rail line says the plan is in line with the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement and the Science Based Targets Initiative. Five points on the list are aimed to reduce train energy (the amount of power taken from national grids to operate trains) by 5 per cent by 2020.

Further steps include using meters onboard e320 trains and delivering an energy-efficient driving programme to all train drivers by 2020, as well as introducing alternatives to fossil fuels by 2030. Eurostar says it will invest in renewable energy at its UK depot and will work to prevent waste from going to landfill if it can be recycled.

The rail line is targeting a 50 per cent reduction in plastics by 2020 and will work with its catering partners to reduce waste at source and find alternative materials for packaging. It also aims to eliminate paper ticketing, with a reduction of 50 per cent by 2020.

In addition, the company says it is committed to exchanging all of its vehicles for electric alternatives by 2020 and hopes to improve its rating with the Sustainable Restaurant Association from two stars to three by 2020.

Eurostar says a high-speed rail journey from London to Paris already emits 90 per cent less greenhouse gas than the equivalent short-haul flight thanks to an initiative that has seen the rail line reduce its carbon footprint by 30 per cent over the last eight years.

Nicolas Petrovic, CEO of Eurostar, said: “High-speed rail plays a pivotal role in encouraging the switch to more sustainable modes of transport and we are committed to increasing our energy efficiency and reduce our waste across the business.”

eurostar.com

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