Eurostar goes green for HS1 launch

Eurostar is investigating ways to reduce its environmental impact in the run up to the opening of the high-speed rail link in November next year. The move follows You Gov research commissioned by the cross-Channel rail operator published in September, which claimed that flights to London-Paris and London-Brussels generate ten-times more carbon dioxide emissions than Eurostar. “Our investigation was the first time anyone had carried out a specific study [for an individual operator] rather than using industry averages, and we are delighted that we can say our emissions are ten-times lower,” Eurostar chief executive Richard Brown told C&IT yesterday. “We are now looking at how we can reduce our environmental impact still further, including examining the possibility of carbon-offsetting our operations.” A project team has been put in place to assess exactly how this might happen with a deadline to report back next summer. The move comes ahead of Eurostar’s move from London’s Waterloo to St Pancras stations when the new 186mph line launches, which will cut up to 25 minutes off journey times. It was announced yesterday that the switch will take place on 14 November next year and the line, previously known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, has been renamed High Speed 1, officially abbreviated to HS1.

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