We strongly recommend that you consider travelling to Europe by train. It is much more relaxed and pleasant than flying, as well as being so much better for the planet. Read John's article below to be convinced.
If you have to fly to your destination, please consider offsetting your emissions by buying carbon credits, through the ESC scheme below, or any other.
- Plan your Rail travel
- 2020 Tour Programme - advice for specific destinations
- Purchase carbon credits
For more useful information and help on rail travel:
- Train Travel Tips and Hints - some notes by John Barnard based on personal experience
For auditing your own or the Club's carbon impact:
Is train travel really that much more efficient?
Here is an example, travelling London to Geneva return. There is no precise answer, particular vehicles, planes or other services will vary in their emissions. Different carbon calculators available on the web use different models that give differing weights to these factors. With those caveats, representative estimates for the trip are:
kg CO2 equivalent
|Plane, Economy Class||400kg|
|Large car, 4 passengers||160kg|
|Small car, 4 passengers||80kg|
|Train (e.g. Eurostar )||25kg|
Don't take these too literally, but they give a reasonable comparison. For instance, travelling by car can be better than flying, IF the car is full (do the calculation for your car and your journey). Even so, it is nowhere near as good as travelling by train.
Climate Care Committee