Eurostar 2013 Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel opens for entries
19 Sep 2012
The search is on for the best sustainable travel initiatives in Europe as the 2013 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel opens for entries.
The Award, which is free to enter, recognises pioneering sustainable travel schemes from Belgium, France and the UK that are leading the way in encouraging people to adopt more sustainable forms of travel, helping improve quality of life, reducing congestion and pollution, and cutting CO2 emissions.
Entry to the Award is open until the 30th October 2012, and up to two winners will be awarded with a share of the £30,000 prize money at a prestigious ceremony in London in June 2013. In addition to prize money, winning the Award offers access to a package of benefits including a platform to promote the organisation's work and introductions to policymakers, potential funders and investors, as well as access to the prestigious Ashden Alumni network.
The winners of this year's first ever Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel were the City of Ghent in Belgium and UK car-sharing website liftshare.com. Eurostar CEO Nicolas Petrovic presented their Awards at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 30 May. Paul Teerlink, Ghent City Manager and Daniel Termont, Mayor of Ghent said: "We see this Award as confirmation of our long-term efforts to make Ghent an enjoyable cycling city. The prize money will be spent on new bicycle projects and initiatives and will help us in reaching our final goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.
"Speaking at this year's Ashden Awards on 30 May, Eurostar CEO Nicolas Petrovic said: "Participating in the Ashden Awards has been a great experience and it has been particularly exciting to hear from so many people who are so passionate about sustainable travel. We look forward to coming back next year."
The 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. To apply for the 2012 Award visit www.ashden.org/travel_awards