Getting to Brussels
Many airlines are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to sustainable development and they are endeavouring to set an example within the air transport industry.
Under the "b.green" banner, Brussels Airlines is looking for ways to reduce its ecological footprint (smaller regional planes to save on CO2 emissions, reducing the weight of aircraft, the possibility of offsetting CO2 emissions) and encouraging its employees, customers and suppliers to do the same. www.brusselsairlines.be
Brussels Airport Express
The train runs four times an hour to and from Brussels Nord, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi stations.
Brussels is at the core of a high-speed railway hub: Thalys, Eurostar and ICE trains take you directly to the centre of cities, with no detours, no wasting time. Fast, safe, incomparably comfortable, equipped with modern technology (Internet access), rail is indisputably the best way to travel in Europe.
It is also making itself more sustainable.
The German railway (Deutsche Bahn)
The most proactive, has selected Brussels, served daily by 3 direct DB trains (Frankfurt-Brussels Midi), as a destination for which conference, seminar and event organisers can request a special fare for "events". www.bahn.de
Thalys Connect is a platform to help passengers get around before and after their Thalys journey (from door to door). For example, it provides: a car-sharing platform and a partnership with Europcar for the hire of vehicles emitting less than 120 g of CO2 per km. www.thalys.com
Eurostar's environmentally-friendly "Tread Lightly" Programme consists of various objectives for reducing your carbon footprint: enabling passengers to reduce their CO2 emissions on their connecting journeys, connections from UK cities to Brussels identified on the site, using biodegradable or fully recyclable materials for 90% of the disposable items used on board and, finally, recycling old uniforms. www.eurostar.com
Getting around Brussels
Electric Zen Cars can be hired for an hour or more with a season ticket. Electricity supply terminals will be freely available for recharging any electric vehicle using an identity card system. www.zencar.eu
These are no ordinary taxis: the papers lie ready every morning, the driver adheres to a strict dress code and drives in a defensive and eco-friendly way, and, most importantly, the car itself produces on average 30% less carbon dioxide than the ordinary taxi.
Find out more: Tel: 0489/210 090
All municipalities in Brussels now have several Cambio stations. This scheme was established in Brussels in 2004, and allows you to rent a car occasionally at a very attractive price. The Cambio stations have already enabled 3600 private cars to be replaced between 2004 and 2010. Taxistop also offers carpooling for commuting between home and school.
The Collecto taxi sharing scheme at night is available at 200 starting points at STIB public transport stops. Available every night between 23.00 and 06.00, it allows several travellers to make a journey at modest cost. www.bruxellesmobilite.irisnet.be
By public transport