It was first a Swedish word, flygskam, comprising the words flyg (plane or aviation) and skam (shame or dishonour).
Rather than continue to reel off the environmental benefits of the train, this week we’re going to focus purely on the stats, totting up the real carbon footprint of trains in France. Here goes.
We want to draw your attention to two myths, which may seem banal but are often advanced in favour of the aviation industry not being ‘that’ polluting. Those anti-fake news crusaders over at the Réseau Action Climat have in fact explored the issue.
For several years now, several of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs have had their sights set on space travel. The likes of Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are sure of it: they’re going to make interplanetary tourism a thing – and make a huge success of it, too.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of difficulty for the flight sector, climate change poses an even greater (and more enduring) challenge. In this report, the researchers explored various paths the industry can follow to survive in the long term, based on findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
If you zoom in on Europe, where our company will be operating, the share is roughly the same, with 22 percent of greenhouse gas emissions generated by transport. The situation varies by country and in France, for example, the impact of transport on climate change is even more significant: it is responsible for 30 percent of emissions, making it the most polluting sector of all.
All those safety protocols can get a little off-putting, let's be honest. Are you among the 30 percent of people who are afraid of flying?
It’s a Swedish word we’d like to focus on to start with: a specific term that sums up the spirit of the moment, tågskryt, or literally, pride in taking the train.
At Midnight Trains, we leave the greenwashing to others. For us, it’s quite simple: if a business has to invent an impact, it’s going through the wall. We might as well say that we had this conviction firmly rooted in our bodies when we decided to embark on the adventure of night trains in Europe.