Eurotunnel makes your
cross-Channel business greener
In today’s climate, environmental considerations play an important part in businesses decisions when bidding for tenders. As a transport company, your customers’ aim will be to choose their transport partners in line with their green policy.
By its very nature and continued commitments towards sustainable development, Eurotunnel is the most environmentally-friendly way to cross the Channel with a vehicle.
Low carbon emissions
The Channel Tunnel and its rail transport system have a number of intrinsic environmental advantages:
- A fully underground link that does not emit sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides gases which are particularly harmful for public health and are specific to maritime transportation.
- Electric locomotives that generate a low level of atmospheric pollution and only marginal greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the optimisation of air flow in the rail tunnels helps reducing the air resistance for our trains, and therefore expected to reduce traction energy by 1%.
The CO2 emissions produced in transporting a lorry across the Channel by Eurotunnel are nearly 20 times lower than those produced in transporting the same lorry on a ferry*.
Eurotunnel is constantly striving to improve its environmental performance and therefore pro-actively contributes to tackle various challenges of sustainable development:
- Eco-driving: two new train driving simulators, specifically designed with an “Eco-drive” function, means that Shuttle drivers can be trained to drive more economically, hence consuming less energy per crossing and be prepared for the most difficult driving conditions imaginable.
- Eurotunnel Shuttles are currently being upgraded to enable accurate reading of CO2 emissions for each crossing. This initiative will help prepare our customers with the various Mandatory Emissions Reporting regulations.
- In 2011, Truck Shuttles were lengthened from 30 to 32 wagons which adds nearly 7% in additional capacity with practically no extra energy consumption.
- Online carbon counter: customers can easily calculate the savings made on a journey when travelling with a Eurotunnel shuttle compared with a ferry.
An excellent environmental performance
Since 2006, Eurotunnel has reduced its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by 55%,i.e. by 44% between 2006 and 2008 and by a further 20% for the period 2009-2010.Groupe Eurotunnel as a global organisation is certified by the independent British agency The Carbon Trust Standard for its policy and achievements in carbon footprint reduction.
Eurotunnel obtained renewal of its certification by the prestigious independent British agency, the Carbon Trust, for achieving a 3% reduction in emissions every year since 2008.
The Group has committed to continue a further reduction of 3% every year.
In 2010 and 2011, Eurotunnel won 2 consecutive IFW Environment Awards for its Leadership in Sustainable Development.
*According to a study conducted by JMJ Conseil in 2010.