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According to a report released today by Greenpeace, one third of the flights normally operated in the EU could have been replaced by a train journey of less than six hours, which would reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by 3,5 million tonnes. is released annually into the atmosphere. At the same time, the non-governmental organization called for "a new impetus to rail transport", "the poor relative of European public policy".

Flights of less than 1.500 kilometers are responsible for a quarter of the greenhouse gases emitted by air transport in Europe, Greenpeace said in a report.

51 of the 150 short-haul flights with the most passengers in the EU, ie 34% of the total, can be replaced by a train journey of less than six hours.

Twenty-one flights can be replaced by a train journey of less than four hours, including Amsterdam-Paris, Amsterdam-Frankfurt, Brussels-Frankfurt and Paris-Frankfurt.

"We emit 10 times more carbon dioxide when we travel from Paris to Amsterdam by plane than by train, while the journey by train takes less than three and a half hours," said Sarah Fayol, head of the Greenpe Transport campaign. .

"Reducing air traffic is necessary to meet the climate targets set by the Paris Agreement, and the reduction of short-haul flights is the first step in that direction," she added.

Global aviation was responsible in 2019 for the release of 900 million tons of carbon dioxide, or about 2,5% of global emissions.

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