An Environmentally Friendly Journey with the Trans-Siberian Railway
There are two ways for European participants to travel to the conference: by train or plane. The question arises as to whether the emissions related to such trips, including conferences intended to further climate protection measures, can ever be made up for. We are therefore on the safe side, when we choose to travel as low-emission as possible.
Every year, the average person is expected to consume approximately 17,000 kWh and create max. 1 tonne CO2 related to energy for food, housing, mobility, consumption and infrastructure. Of that 28% for housing and 25% for mobility. 4 tonnes of CO2 emissions are the result of a round trip flight between Zurich and Peking. That’s the mobility budget for a 16 year period! A more climate-friendly alternative is to travel by train, which generates only 1 tonne of CO2.
A group from Europe (approx. 12 participants) will travel by these means to the Passive House Conference in Gaobeidian. The aim is to demonstrate how one might travel in a more environmentally-friendly way, by choosing to slow down and travel by train.
The background of the train journey is to show that one can travel relatively climate friendly from Europe to the Passive House Conference in Gaobeidian. The journey time of about 18 days by train can be used to reflect on mutual professional contents, to discuss climate protection as well as approaches to social and personal changes in behaviour, and to develop new perspectives.
The trip begins in September 2019 in Berlin (the new dates will be communicated as soon as possible) and will conclude in a timely manner, arriving in Gaobeidian for the Passive House Conference. After the conference there will be approx. some days in Gaobeibian and other destinations in China. On the way there will be stopovers in Moscow, Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, and on the return journey, there will be stopovers in Novosibirsk and again Moscow. We then reach Berlin in October 2019.
Preliminary Travel Dates
to follow soon
Outward journey: September from Berlin
Return journey: October from Peking, arrival in October in Berlin
Accommodation & Costs
The journey with Trans-Siberian railway will take place in simple cars, likely without a shower. The group of planned 12 people will travel in 4 person sleeper compartments. The food in the dining car is rather mediocre, so some self-supply at the stations is recommended.
For budget reasons, the hotel accommodation at the stopovers is aimed at being low-cost.
The total costs are not expected to exceed €5000.
For liability reasons, the participants of this group are responsible for themselves, thus this is not an official group trip.
Interested parties can contact the trip’s organizer, Paul Simons, per Email: Simons@BlowerDoor.de
The Passive House Institute approves of this type of travel and has therefore chosen to publish this information. However, the Passive House Institute is not responsible for the organisation, the execution, and related potential risks of this journey. Each participant is responsible for their own journey. Questions regarding the trip should be directed exclusively to Paul Simons: Simons@BlowerDoor.de