The company is on track to deliver this commitment and now will expand its targets to its wider business operations.

It has set a new target to cut wider Eurostar business emissions by 25% by 2015.

This new target will see Eurostar scrutinize every area of its business including its supply chain and other areas outside its immediate business making changes where necessary.

In order to tackle the targets and measure progress, the company is undertaking a study to identify and measure its entire carbon footprint.

This will help the business to understand how and where it generates emissions, both directly and indirectly including everything from employee travel and energy usage, to the impact of the business’s capital investments and supplier emissions.

Eurostar chief executive, Nicolas Petrovic, said: “We are taking a magnifying glass to our operation and challenging ourselves to look at our entire carbon footprint.

“We originally launched Tread Lightly because we were determined to reduce our impact on the environment and to encourage people to think differently about the way they travel.

“That commitment is stronger than ever and we are raising the bar further.”

Eurostar has also announced a new partnership, supporting the Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel. The award will promote local, sustainable travel initiatives in the UK, France and Belgium showcasing projects that are innovative, proven and measurable.

Through the scheme, Eurostar aims to encourage more people to travel sustainably and inspire them to reduce their own carbon footprints.

Alison Brown

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