The environmentally friendly way to travel to France

The environmentally friendly way to travel to France

LeShuttle is one of the greenest ways to travel between the UK and the continent. Explore how we maintain our commitment to sustainable travel.

The greener way to go

Now more than ever, we're all trying to do our bit for the planet. LeShuttle (formerly known as Eurotunnel Le Shuttle) is a sustainable choice, helping you keep your carbon footprint low. In fact, when compared with ferry travel, crossing the channel on LeShuttle emits 73 times less carbon dioxide*.

The future is electric

Travelling by EV is even kinder on the environment, so we want to support our customers doing so as much as we can. We have EV chargers on site for customer use. Our chargers support Tesla as well as most other models (check electric vehicle charging availability). 

Here at Eurotunnel, leader in low-carbon transport to meet the expectations of our customers. Did you know...
  • 100% electric rail
    Eurotunnel has chosen 100% electric rail traction since the design of the Channel Tunnel 
  • Renewable energy
    Today, more than 50% of renewable energy* is used in the group's electricity consumption
  • 73 times less carbon emissions than by ferry*
    A car crossing the Channel on our Shuttle service emits 73 times less carbon emissions than by ferry*
  • Avoids 1.4 million tons of CO2e*
    Thanks to all its activities, the group avoids 1.4 million tons of  CO2e (about 350,000t CO2e avoided for The Shuttle passengers)*
  • B- Leadership Level at CDP
    Getlink is rated B- Leadership Level at CDP, the international benchmark for carbon performance

Leading the way

At LeShuttle, we take our commitment to the environment seriously. Getlink has set itself an ultimate goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, based on medium-term milestones focused on reducing intrinsic emissions. The Group has set itself a reduction target of minus 30% by 2025 and minus 54% by 2030. 



Getlink, a group committed to its ambitious decarbonization trajectory. Did you know…
  • Limiting global warming
    Even if the emissions at the group's terminal are limited (50 ktCO2e), Getlink has set science-based commitments aligned with limiting global warming to 1.5°C in accordance with the Paris agreements. 

    This concerns direct emissions and emissions related to its electricity consumption (Scopes 1&2):
    • 30% in 2025 compared to 2019
    • 54% in 2030 compared to 2019
    • Ambition of Net Zero in 2050
  • Renewable Energies
    Many powerful actions have already been launched by the group securing a trend of reduction of about 4% to 5% per year:
    • Development of renewable energies for its electricity consumption (off-site and on-site production), optimization of the number of vehicles per shuttle, use of bio-fuel for the locomotives of its freight subsidiary Europorte, electrification of the industrial maintenance vehicles…
    • For our Eurotunnel freight customers: provision of electric charging stations for refrigerated vehicles. 

Investing in nature

Did you know LeShuttle has its very own nature reserve? Samphire Hoe Nature Reserve, near our Folkestone Terminal, was built using the millions of tonnes of chalk marl extracted from beneath the sea during construction of The Channel Tunnel. In 2022 it received its 17th Green Flag Award, and it welcomes more than 130,000 visitors each year. It plays host to 220 species of birds each year and more than 200 species of plants.


In France, 31 hectares of land have been devoted to biodiversity preservation since 2021. Moreover, we've partially replaced the polluting mechanical equipment used to maintain the green areas around the terminal with Salers and Highland cattle. They now graze 34 hectares considerably more peacefully than the land-clearers did.

Compare CO2 emissions

Did you know? Comparison of CO2 emissions per passenger on a Paris-London route in kgCO2e/passenger according to the means of transport. Graph based on independent work done by Carbon 4* in 2020 using emissions data from 2019.

CO2e emissions for ferry & LeShuttle: Calculation was performed by the Carbone 4 company. Approach was based on GLEC Transport Framework recommendations (compatible with GHG Protocol). CO2e emissions include emissions from fuels (all types of fuel), from electricity consumption and emissions during fuel production (known as “upstream emissions”). Study carried out in 2020, using 2019 data.




Go greener
Before heading off on a long road trip, it’s a good idea to check over your car, making sure it’s running at its best. This ensures you are not contributing more pollution than is necessary.
  • Use the car wash
    Taking your car to a commercial car wash wastes much less water, and the wastewater is much less likely to end up flowing into storm drains and eventually rivers, lakes and waterways. Commercial car washes are more likely to recycle and reuse their water.
  • Regularly service your vehicle.
    Keeping your car serviced annually boosts fuel efficiency. A more efficient car is one more suited to eco driving – replacing a clogged filter, a worn spark plug or old engine oil could improve your miles-per-gallon by as much as 10%.  
  • Clean your air filter
    Before you set off, clean out your air filter. Did you know, an unclean air filter can reduce fuel efficiency by 20%? You can clean your dry air filter with a vacuum, or use a cleaning kit for an oil filter.
  • Check your tyre pressure
    Just like a dirty air filter, poorly inflated tyres can have a negative effect on the environment. You will lose 0.3% of fuel mileage for every 1psi your tyre pressure drops below the manufacturer’s recommendation. Driving with underinflated tyres is also very dangerous, so it’s important you check your tyre pressure regularly. 
  • Avoid air conditioning
    Air conditioning increases your car’s fuel consumption, so if possible use the ECO feature on modern vehicles or, if it’s the summer, just open your windows to keep cool!
  • Try eco driving
    Eco-driving is a way of driving that maximises your vehicle’s fuel consumption and reduces its impact on the environment. Eco-driving can save you money on fuel, and lowers levels of pollution.
    • Drive smoothly and gently. By avoiding sharp braking or accelerating, you can reduce your fuel consumption.
    • Keep your vehicle moving. The more time your vehicle is moving the better. Eco-driving is about reducing the time your engine is idling, minimising sharp braking or accelerating, coasting instead of braking and regulating your speed.
    • Observe the speed limit. The faster you go the more fuel you consume, so boost your fuel economy by keeping to the limit.
    • Plan your journey. Plan your route so it gives you the best chance to drive in an environmentally friendly way. Stay tuned to traffic reports, note roadworks areas and avoid routes that cut through busy junctions or cities.
    • Avoid idling. Idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than if the engine is switched off and on again. So if you think you will be stationery for more than momentary periods – for example, if you find yourselves queuing in urban traffic – switch off your engine.
*References

The following refers to data on this page:

  • Carbone 4 data is based on 2019 data
  • Expert simulation for ferry emissions in the Short Strait
  • Most recognized methodologies: GHG Protocol, GLEC Framework
  • Car emissions are calculated with a filling of 2 passengers per car
  • Emission factors from the Carbon Base ® ADEME and UK Conversion factors from the DBEIS Ministry
  • Emissions include emissions related to Fuel, Electricity (Scopes 1+2) and energy related Upstream emissions (Scope 3a)
  • Emission factor for electricity is on a location-based methodology (sector: transport)
  • 73 times less carbon emissions than by ferry base on 2022 figures
  • 1.4 million tons of CO2e base on 2022 figures
What is the CO2e footprint ? How is it calculated ?

These are the quantities of greenhouse gases emitted by the train as a result of its energy consumption. The GHG footprint is the measure of the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the main one being carbon dioxide (CO2), there is also methane (CH4) and nitrous oxides (N2O). The whole is expressed in CO2equivalent (CO2e). In the case  of rail traction in tunnels, the emissions  recorded in the calculator reflect the emissions  associated with the production of electricity needed to power trains. They are then divided by the number of vehicles that use the TheShuttle shuttles to establish emissions per vehicle and per crossing. 

Page last updated on: 14/06/2024 13:42:02

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