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Ecological travel observatory

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Published on 08/07/07 - Updated on 17/03/22

Considerations about the environmental cost of travel are underway. It bears on air travel in particular and, to a lesser extent, on cruises for their impact on fragile ecosystems. Websites that make it possible to calculate the environmental impact of travel such as terrapass.com or voyages-sncf.com are multiplying. And that is not all, SNCF’s website makes it possible to compare the length and price of a trip by train, regular or low-cost airline and by private car, but thanks to a partnership with Ademe, an ecocomparateur tool now includes the environmental dimension of it, and travel by rail comes out on top. For a round trip between Paris and Marseille, the environment index is 20 kg of CO2 for the train, 313 kg for the car. And the real loser is the airplane at 388 kg of CO2.

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