As the high-speed railway linking London, Kent and the Channel Tunnel, HS1 Ltd are on track to becoming the first UK railway to run entirely on renewable energy.
Wind and solar power lie at the heart of a procurement process that is already underway to ensure the only high-speed railway in the country runs solely on sustainable power.
HS1 have secured so-called Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates, from their electricity supplier, npower Business Solutions, enabling them to report zero-carbon emissions for the electricity used to power trains and stations.
As a business HS1 also pledge to be fully carbon neutral within a decade, as set out in stringent new environmental targets in their new sustainability strategy, which focusses on enhancing HS1's reputation as the Green Gateway to Europe.
HS1 continue to work with their international operator, Eurostar, and domestic operator Southeastern High Speed (LSER) to reduce the carbon footprint of every passenger by 25% and to cut energy per train journey by 10%.
The international high-speed line already removes the equivalent of 60,000 short-haul flights, or 750,000 tonnes of CO2e, each year. Domestic services on the line remove 6,000 lorries and cars from the roads every year. Almost 4 million of the 26 million people who use HS1 Ltd's international and domestic services have switched from using cars and aeroplanes, with average carbon emissions up to 80% lower for train passengers than airline passengers over the same distance.
These savings mirror the Government's desire to achieve a green recovery for the transport sector post Covid-19.
About HS1 Ltd
HS1 Ltd has the 30-year concession to own, operate and maintain High Speed 1 (HS1), the UK's only high-speed railway, as well as the stations along the route: St Pancras International, Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International.
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