Eurostar 2013 Ashden Award
for Sustainable Travel Opens
Released on: September 20, 2012, 1:23 pm
LONDON, September 20, 2012, 1:23 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- 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, 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
Notes to editors:
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 140 winners across the UK and the
developing world. For further information, including photos, films, and
case studies on past winners, go to www.ashden.org
Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking customers to St
Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford
International, Paris city breaks, Brussels, Lille, Calais,Disneyland Paris,
Avignon and the French Alps via the channel tunnel.
Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three
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.
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, including London to
Amsterdam by train for travellers looking to enjoy Amsterdam city
breaks. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form
a core part of the Eurostar fleet.
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
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