Eurostar Announces Winners of Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel
LONDON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Eurostar has announced that Norfolk-based car-sharing organisation, liftshare, and the
Belgian city of Ghent’s cycling programme have beaten off stiff competition from over 120
sustainable travel initiatives across the UK, France and Belgium to win the inaugural
Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel.
The winners were selected against four other finalists for the ground-breaking ways in
which they encourage people to think differently about how they travel. liftshare and
Ghent City Council will now share GBP30,000 in prize money to further their work to
promote sustainable travel.
liftshare was chosen as a winner for its tireless efforts to fill empty car seats on
the roads, via its online car-sharing network, which offers a friendlier, greener and
cheaper way to travel. liftshare stood out to the judges because of the breadth of its
initiatives to promote car-sharing including; a free-to-use public car-sharing network for
individuals, and tailor-made paid for schemes for local authorities, organisations and
businesses which they then provide free to their users. This strategy, combined with
creative marketing and innovative product development, has attracted over 332,000 active
liftshare members, with 1 in every 100 cars in the UK registered on the network. Liftshare
helps remove around 100,000 journeys from the UK’s roads each day, which will cut 113,000
tonnes of carbon emissions, this year alone.
Ghent City Council was selected for its far-reaching mobility plan, which is designed
to get more people cycling. Their approach, which includes the creation of a car-free city
centre, extensive safety initiatives and investment in creative marketing support,
impressed the judging panel. As a result of these efforts, Ghent has transformed from a
city with high levels of traffic congestion to a clean, tranquil and safe cycling city,
where two wheels take priority over four.
Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar Chief Executive said: “We were delighted by the breadth and
quality of all the entries into our first sustainable travel awards, making it a difficult
decision to select both the finalists and the overall winners. liftshare and Ghent City
Council stood out to us as winners for their innovative approach in helping to transform
the way people think about travelling. By celebrating their achievements we hope to
inspire more people to consider the environment when making their own travel choices.”
Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of Ashden added: “liftshare’s achievements are
very impressive: with 1 in every 100 cars in the UK registered on the liftshare network a
huge number of car miles are being saved, resulting in phenomenal carbon savings.
“The city of Ghent has made cycling safe, easy and pleasurable through its excellent
cycling infrastructure, innovative marketing campaigns and well thought-through cycling
support, from rentals and repairs at stations through to providing gloves for when it’s
Eurostar, in partnership with Ashden, launched the Sustainable Travel Award in 2011 to
celebrate and support local sustainable travel projects across the UK, France and Belgium.
The Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel forms part of Eurostar’s Tread Lightly
programme to reduce the business’s impact on the environment and encourage people to
switch to more sustainable modes of transport.
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