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.

Sustainable development

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*.

Eco-responsible innovations

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.
Carbon Counter

An excellent environmental performance

Eurotunnel reduced its greenhouse emissions by 44% by 2008
and a further 20,5 % by 2010

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.