Cop26, the hypocrisy of the conference participants: over 400 private jets land in Glasgow, the traffic jam in timelapse

Cop26, the hypocrisy of the conference participants: over 400 private jets land in Glasgow, the traffic jam in timelapse
Cop26, the hypocrisy of the conference participants: over 400 private jets land in Glasgow, the traffic jam in timelapse

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ € 56 million Gulf Stream led a parade of 400 private jets bound for COP26 in Glasgow, including Prince Albert of Monaco, dozens of royals and dozens of “green” CEOs. creating an extraordinary traffic jam. At least 52 private jets landed in Glasgow on Sunday. Conservative forecasts suggest that the fleet of private jets arriving for COP26 will generate 13,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of the amount produced by more than 1,600 Brits in a year. Prince Charles was among those who traveled in a non-commercial plane from the G20 in Rome. Flight logs suggest the plane was a MOD jet. Bank of America, which prides itself on its ‘commitment to sustainability’, will arrive in two private jets in Scotland, much more polluting than commercial planes, cars or trains, with around two tons of carbon dioxide per hour. Joe Biden landed in Edinburgh today while Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron arrived in Glasgow. President Biden alone will generate around 1 million tonnes of carbon to be present at the conference, thanks to a fleet of four aircraft, the Marine One helicopter, and a huge parade of cars including The Beast and numerous SUVs. Other private jets have landed in Scotland from destinations including Stockholm, Rome, London and Brussels, all served by regular commercial routes. Most of the planes were chartered, making it difficult to know who was on board. Huge air traffic forced some jets after they dropped off VIPs at Glasgow airport and flew 30 miles to nearby Prestwick due to lack of parking. Boris Johnson arrived from Rome on his Airbus A321 with the UK flag, but got stuck and flew over Glasgow for more than 20 minutes due to the number of oncoming jets. Behind him the president of South Korea, who also arrived from Rome, where the G20 was held. By Ugo Leo Images FlightRadar.com

November 01, 2021

Modified on: 01 November 2021

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