May 18, 2024

Eurostar sets renewable energy target

Eurostar has pledged to power trains with 100% renewable energy by 2030.

In the Netherlands, its trains have been running on 100% wind power since 2017. The figure in the UK, meanwhile, has reached 40% since 2023.

The rail operator has revealed three key strategies in its first sustainability report.

Top priorities are sourcing renewable energies for transaction needs and reducing energy requirements. This includes the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Infrabel in February to study the installation of novel solar projects to power trains.

Integrating circularity throughout the value chain is on the agenda, too. Production to end-of-life cycles, such as sustainable onboard dishes, will minimise waste and use resources more efficiently. 

Another focus is attracting more passengers to its low-carbon service by continuing to develop “open hubs” such as its air-rail partnership with KLM. These hubs connect Eurostar services to domestic networks or long-haul flights. 

Gwendoline Cazenave, CEO of Eurostar, said: “Today, the transport sector accounts for 25% of European greenhouse gas emissions, making sustainable high-speed rail a key solution to a quarter of Europe’s climate problem.”

Eurostar has also recently become the first rail operator to join the RE100 alliance, a global renewable energy initiative. Members are committed to sourcing 100% of their energy from renewable sources. 

Ollie Wilson, Head of RE100 at Climate Group, said: “Eurostar now has the opportunity to draw on a global network of over 400 companies as it works towards 30 million journeys a year powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2030.”  

eurostar.com; theclimategroup.org

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