Have your say: Have environmental concerns affected your travel plans?

Has the flight-shaming movement or worries about sustainability impacted the way you travel? Do you have any tips for travelling more sustainably? Let us know.

Have your say: Have environmental concerns affected your travel plans?
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Amid a backdrop of climate change and the risking flight-shaming movement, more and more people are incorporating sustainability concerns into their travel plans. 

Statistics from the German Airports Association (Flughafenverband) show a 12 percent drop in German domestic flights in 2019. 

Meanwhile, a Tagesschau poll from 2019 showed that almost one in four (23 percent) of Germans wanted to fly less than they currently do. 

These concerns are likely to be particularly pressing for readers of The Local Germany, many of whom come from abroad and want to visit friends and family far away. 

We’re reaching out to find out if environmental concerns have impacted the way you travel. If so, how much? And whether through flying less – or even changing the way you pack your bags – have you found a way to travel more sustainably?

This callout is for a commercial editorial article in partnership with bunq, a Dutch bank which seeks to incorporate environmental sustainability into banking. 

Your answers will be published in The Local in a sponsored content piece looking at how to make travelling more sustainable.

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.