27 / 10 / 2009

Reduce your carbon footprint

Oulx train station

We’re all becoming aware of our carbon footprint and we’re constantly being reminded of how large it is when booking our flights. This year a brand new independant web site has been launched aimed at encouraging those booking winter holidays to consider taking the train.

According to snowcarbon.co.uk – “All travel has a price in terms of harmful emissions, but if you take the train rather than fly to a ski resort you can slash your carbon footprint by up to 90%.

A round trip by plane to the Italian resort of Sauze d’Oulx, for example, produces around 180kg of CO2, according to the carbon emission analysts, Best Foot Forward.

Don’t think you’ll be helping the environment by driving there. An average car making the same journey will produce 450kg of CO2.

By contrast, a return trip to Sauze by rail – with just a single change of trains in Paris – produces only 20kg of CO2. So you could have a ski holiday every winter for the next nine years and create the same carbon footprint as another skier flying just once.”

When you take everything into consideration then travelling by train makes more sense than just reducing your carbon footprint. If you set of from London on the 9am Eurostar then you could be in Sauze in time for an aperitif before dinner. The journey its self would have been hassle free, scenic, relaxing and there are no luggage charges!

For more information visit www.snowcarbon.co.uk