World Leaders Travel From Climate Change Conference With Private Planes

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After calling on fellow world leaders to do more in their fight against climate change, some travelers, such as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have flown home by private jet.

After taking part for two days in a row at the UN COP 26 conference on climate change at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, Briton Boris Johnson is said to have traveled from Glasgow to London on a private jet.

While the prime minister’s spokesman defended the move, claiming that the plane ran partly on “sustainable aviation fuelAnd emitted about half the emissions of any other aircraft, climate activists have accused the prime minister of hypocrisy, although he is not the only one using these means of travel.

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It is important for the prime minister to be able to move around the country. It’s clear that we faced significant time constraintssaid the speaker.

As the conference continued, international media reported that EU Commission President von der Leyen is a frequent user of so-called “air taxis”, small commercial aircraft that make short, on-demand flights.

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The EU president has used these taxis on 32 of her trips, heading from Brussels to cities such as London, Paris and Strasbourg. She even made such a trip between Vienna and Bratislava, which would have taken one hour by train.

Her flights have been widely criticized by EU citizens.

What or what!? Who in their right mind would fly from Vienna to Bratislava? That’s 80 km across the highway. You waste more time in airport procedures than you “save” by flying instead of driving. There is a reason why there are no scheduled flights between Vienna and BratislavaOne Twitter user wrote regarding this issue.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell is also a frequent user of these air taxis. The same used a private jet to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in July, where Turkish Airlines operates regular flights from Brussels.

At the end of last month, environmental group Greenpeace reported that more than a third of the busiest short-haul flights in European countries could be replaced by alternatives to trains. The group also called on European governments to promote rail travel in order to reduce pollution caused by aircraft.

Pledge to make travel more climate-friendly at the Glasgow Summit, where world leaders demonstrated their belief that tourism can become a leader in the transition to a low-carbon future by prioritizing community and ecosystem well-being and rapidly moving away from carbon and material-intensive ways to deliver visitor experiences.

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