The 2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are now open for entries, calling on innovative travel schemes across the UK, France and Belgium to enter for the chance to win £30,000 in prize money.
The Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the achievements of pioneering travel initiatives which encourage people to adopt more sustainable ways of travelling, helping improve quality of life whilst reducing congestion, pollution, and CO₂ emissions.
Now in their fourth year, the Awards are open for applications until the 4 November 2014. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and results delivered, as Eurostar and Ashden search for two outstanding sustainable travel programmes to be crowned in a special ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June 2015.
In addition to prize money, winners will be offered a package of benefits including a platform to promote their work; a short film showcasing the sustainable travel scheme, introductions to policymakers, potential funders and investors, as well as access to the prestigious Ashden Alumni network.
Helen Taylor of 2014 Sustainable Travel Award winner Ecotricity said:
“Winning an Ashden Award for the Electric Highway – our network of electric charging points across Britain – has linked us to the rest of the world and shown how together we really are creating a greener world!”
From cycling and car-sharing schemes to innovative new technologies and ways of working, the Awards recognise the importance of sustainable travel.
Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said;
“Over the past three years, we’ve had the pleasure of supporting some exceptional initiatives. By offering businesses, schools and social enterprises the chance to showcase their projects to a wider audience, the Awards help to put sustainable travel in the spotlight. We’ve been impressed by the exceptionally high calibre of the Award winners and finalists to date and I’m sure that the 2015 Award will be no exception.”
The Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are part of Eurostar’s Tread Lightly programme to reduce the business’ impact on the environment and encourage people to switch to more sustainable modes of transport. Since 2007, Eurostar’s Tread Lightly programme has made substantial progress towards a ‘ten point plan’ to reduce consumption, source responsibly and recycle and have successfully reduced CO₂ emissions per traveller journey by 15%.
For further information and to apply for a 2015 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel, visit www.ashden.org/apply/travel and to discover more about Eurostar’s Tread Lightly programme, visit www.eurostar-csr.com/en/