24 Sep 2014

The 2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are now open for entries, calling on innovative travel schemes across the UK, France and Belgium to enter for the chance to win £30,000 in prize money.

The Awards, which are free to enter,  celebrate the achievements of pioneering travel initiatives which encourage people to adopt more sustainable ways of travelling, helping improve quality of life whilst reducing congestion, pollution, and CO₂ emissions.

Now in their fourth year, the Awards are open for applications until the 4 November 2014. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and results delivered, as Eurostar and Ashden search for two outstanding sustainable travel programmes to be crowned in a special ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June 2015.  

In addition to prize money, winners will be offered a package of benefits including a platform to promote their work; a short film showcasing the sustainable travel scheme, introductions to policymakers, potential funders and investors, as well as access to the prestigious Ashden Alumni network.

Helen Taylor of 2014 Sustainable Travel Award winner Ecotricity said: “Winning an Ashden Award for the Electric Highway – our network of electric charging points across Britain – has linked us to the rest of the world and shown how together we really are creating a greener world!

From cycling and car-sharing schemes to innovative new technologies and ways of working, the Awards recognise the importance of sustainable travel.

Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said; “Over the past three years, we’ve had the pleasure of supporting some exceptional initiatives. By offering businesses, schools and social enterprises the chance to showcase their projects to a wider audience, the Awards help to put sustainable travel in the spotlight. We’ve been impressed by the exceptionally high calibre of the Award winners and finalists to date and I’m sure that the 2015 Award will be no exception.

The Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are 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 and have successfully reduced CO₂ emissions per traveller journey by 15%.

For further information and to apply for a 2015 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel, visit www.ashden.org/apply/travel and to discover more about Eurostar’s Tread Lightly programme, visit http://www.eurostar-csr.com/en/


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Notes to editors


About Ashden

  1. The Ashden Awards were set up in 2001 to champion practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, protect the environment, reduce poverty and improve people’s lives. Since then they have rewarded and supported more than 170 winners across the UK and the developing world. www.ashden.org    
  1. The 2014 Ashden Award winners were announced on 22 May this year. Find case studies, photos and videos of the winners here: www.ashden.org/awards/2014


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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 130 million passengers between London and the Continent.  Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet. The new e320 will carry around 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
  1. 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.
  1. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies.  Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.


For more information:

Eurostar Press Office 

020 7843 5500