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8 Sep 2011

The new Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel is open for entries
The search is on for some of the best sustainable travel initiatives in Europe with the launch of the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel. Working with sustainability experts The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, Eurostar's new Award will celebrate and support local sustainable travel projects in Belgium, France and the UK and up to three winners will share £30,000 in prize money.
The Award is open for entries until 25th October 2011 to all Belgium, French and UK based businesses, not for profit groups, social enterprises, public sector organisations, schools and other educational establishments, which demonstrate innovative and practical projects that make a difference to the way people travel.
Judging will be carried out by a panel of experts from the sustainability field including Eurostar Chairman, Richard Brown. The Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel will culminate in May 2012 at the annual Ashden Awards ceremony in London, where the achievements of the finalists from Belgium, France and the UK will be celebrated, and where the ultimate winners will be announced.
The new Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel is part of Eurostar's Tread Lightly programme to reduce the business' impact on the environment and encourage people to switch to more sustainable modes of transport. Since 2007, Eurostar's Tread Lightly programme has made substantial progress towards a 'ten point plan' to reduce consumption, source responsibly and recycle. In 2009, significantly ahead of schedule, the company achieved its original target to reduce CO2 emissions per traveller journey by 25% and increased that target from 25% to 35% by 2012. This goal also remains in place and the company is on track to meet this challenging target by 2012.
For 2011, Eurostar has further pledged to reduce carbon emissions across the remainder of its business by 25% by 2015. This ambitious new target will see Eurostar scrutinise every area of its business including its supply chain and other areas outside its immediate business making changes where necessary.
Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar Chief Executive says; "At Eurostar, we have long championed the switch to more sustainable modes of transport leading by example through our own Tread Lightly programme. By partnering with sustainability experts, The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy to launch this Award, we will showcase some of the best sustainable travel projects in Belgium, France, and the UK.
"The Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel aims to encourage more people to travel sustainably and reduce their own carbon footprints. The Award will offer the chance for businesses, schools and social enterprises to bring their projects to a wider audience and highlight their achievements. We hope that the Award will inspire more people to consider the environment when they make their travel choices."
Log on to http://www.ashdenawards.org/travel_awards to see full entry criteria, awards information and to download an entry form.
For more information about the new Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel or Eurostar's Tread Lightly programme, visit www.eurostar.com/treadlightly
Note to editors:
About The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy:The Ashden Awards champion, promote and reward life-changing ideas, from solar lamps in rural India, to smokeless stoves in Eritrea and low-carbon buildings in the UK. The Ashden Awards support people changing the face of energy to cut carbon emissions and improve peoples' lives. Ashden Award winners receive a cash prize, promotion of their work and support to develop and expand, taking clean energy to more of the millions who need it most. Since 2001, they have rewarded over 120 clean energy champions in the UK, Africa, Asia and Latin America. For more information about the Ashden Awards visit www.ashdenawards.org
About Eurostar
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.
3. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.
4. The Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel:
- Since 2001 the Ashden awards have been supporting sustainability projects across the globe and now they're working with Eurostar to promote sustainable travel
- As part of the Tread Lightly programme to cut carbon and get people thinking differently about their journeys, Eurostar has launched the Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel
- With a prize fund and a host of benefits, the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel will celebrate and support local sustainable travel projects in the UK, France and Belgium.
5. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
For more information contact:
Eurostar Press OfficeEurostart:0044 (0)20 7843 5500e:press.office@eurostar.com