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Eurostar was recently granted the One-Star Sustainability Champion status for its commitment to sourcing local and sustainably produced ingredients for its on-board catering, and for pursuing a socially and environmentally responsible approach.
The SRA works with more than 1,200 restaurants across the UK and Eurostar became the very first transport provider to partner with them in 2012. Before awarding a ‘star rating’, the SRA benchmarks caterers across three distinct areas, product, planet and people.
Peter Bragg, Head of Environment and Energy for Eurostar commented, “We share the SRA’s commitment to promoting locally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients and we were delighted to be the first transport provider to partner with their organisation.
We are very proud of our One-Star Sustainability Champion rating and the work we've carried out to achieve it. Our customers increasingly care about the provenance of the food they eat and by working closely with our suppliers, we are continually improving our sustainability practices. We don’t just talk about policies and practices, we do everything we can to deliver them.
Commenting on Eurostar’s SRA accreditation, Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the SRA, said; “We were very pleased when Eurostar became the first transport operator to join the SRA. We’re now delighted that having put its credentials to the test, the company has earned a One Star Rating for its catering operation, demonstrating its commitment to sustainability.
“Among examples of the good things Eurostar customers can expect are a high proportion of locally sourced produce and free range pork, beef and poultry. It’s also pleasing to see Eurostar actively engage with communities in the UK, France and Belgium and working to drive down its CO2 emissions through its Tread Lightly programme.”
Sourcing local produce, reducing wastage, sourcing supplies responsibly and recycling are key elements of Eurostar’s Tread Lightly programme, which sees the business commitment to reducing its overall impact on the environment. Independent research commissioned by Eurostar now shows that per passenger journey, travelling by Eurostar between London and Paris or Brussels generates up to 80% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than travelling by plane.