Private jet emissions quadruple in Davos 2022

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At the 2022 World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, private jet emissions quadrupled as 1,040 aircraft entered and departed airports serving Davos.

Climate campaigners have accused the rich and powerful of hypocrisy for arriving by private jet to a conference discussing climate degradation.

Dutch environmental consulting firm CE Delft announced that at last year’s meeting, CO2 Emissions from private jets were four times higher than in an average week.

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The number of private jet flights to and from airports serving the Swiss ski resort where the conference was held was twice as high as a typical week at the 2022 meeting, and as much as CO2 emissions.2 as an average of 350,000 cars during this time.

World leaders and businessmen are expected to arrive in Davos again by private jet next week, leading to yet another increase in emissions.

Klara Maria Schenk, transport campaigner for Greenpeace’s European mobility campaign, said: “The rich and powerful flock to Davos to discuss climate and inequality behind closed doors, using the most unequal and polluting form of transport: private jets. Meanwhile, Europe is experiencing the hottest January days on record, and communities around the world are grappling with extreme weather events as the impact of the climate crisis.”


53% of flights to airports near Davos last year were less than 750km (466 miles), by train or car, while 38% were over distances less than 500km. The shortest flight ever recorded was just 13 miles.

The 2023 WEF meeting declared the goal of tackling the climate emergency and other “ongoing crises” and called for “bold collective action”. Private jet flights are not regulated in the EU, but are the most polluting mode of transport per passenger kilometer.

Schenk urged leaders not to travel by private jet this year and to ban their use in general. “This annual private jet bonanza is distasteful given that 80% of the world’s population has never flown but suffers from the consequences of climate-damaging aviation emissions and the WEF claims to be committed to the 1.5C Paris climate target. master class in hypocrisy,” he said.

“Private jets must be made history if we want to have a green, fair and secure future for all. So-called world leaders should set an example and ban private jets and useless short-haul flights.”

British prime minister Rishi Sunak has been accused of “mocking climate commitments” and squandering taxpayer money after it was revealed that he had traveled about 200 miles from London to Leeds in an RAF jet.

Altar used the plane to go to the Rutland Lodge medical practice, which he visited with social care minister Helen Whately on Monday. Downing Street insisted that his style of travel was “the most effective use of his time”.

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