Barbara Uranjek, Member of the Management Board of Chapter Zero Slovenia, took the train from London to Ljubljana, reflecting on the important impact that travelling by train has on reducing our carbon footprint. We also took the opportunity to talk to Slovenian Railways (Slovenske železnice), a committed supporter of environmentally friendly alternative methods of transport, and H.E. Tiffany Sadler, British Ambassador to Slovenia and Ambassador of Chapter Zero Slovenia, who has embraced environmental protection as both a professional responsibility and a personal commitment.
With the increasingly worrying consequences of climate change, the need to embrace (personal) sustainable practices is urgent. In this context, we also need to rethink our travel habits. How can we reduce our carbon footprint? What are the alternatives to existing travel practices? In this article, we will take a business trip from London back to Ljubljana together with Barbara Uranjek, a Member of the Management Board of Chapter Zero Slovenia. Barbara made the first part of the journey from Ljubljana to London by train, but during the rest of the journey she carefully considered her travels around the city and her return home. "The London Underground is the most efficient way to travel, you move quickly and the city map is very clear." Barbara also made sure that she put her meetings in a reasonable sequence: "I tried to schedule my meetings according to location, saving a lot of my time and optimising costs and resources." Barbara then travelled from London back to Ljubljana by train.
This was echoed by mag. Darja Kocjan, Director of Slovenian Railways-Passenger traffic, echoed this sentiment and said the following about the importance of sustainable train travel:
In the next video, Barbara takes us to a train station in London, where she shows us the many benefits of travelling by train. She points out that by choosing the train, she not only saved time travelling to the airport, she also avoided the hassle of checking in and waiting at the security check. In this way, she also reduced her footprint even further.
Barbara draws prudent conclusions about her long but interesting and enlightening journey. Despite changing trains in Paris, Milan and Venice, which meant that she took four trains to Ljubljana, Barbara emphasises how she used her time wisely to be productive and thus have a positive impact on the environment. By working while travelling, she was able to catch up on some of her work tasks and at the same time reduce her carbon footprint. Watch the video in which Barbara shares her final thoughts, experiences and satisfaction.