The British government on Monday defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to fly from Glasgow, in central Scotland, to London, in southern England, when the meeting of political leaders being held as part of the COP26 climate summit ends on Tuesday.
A Downing Street spokesman confirmed that the Conservative leader will travel in the same private plane operated by the British Titan Airways with which he returned from the G20 last weekend in Rome (Italy), and defended that it is a very efficient model.
Asked by reporters why he could not use the train, the source said it is to manage “significant time constraints” in the agenda of the head of government, who on Tuesday urged countries to increase efforts to reduce their carbon emissions in 2030 to open the COP26.
The spokesman has assured that the jet uses a special blend of “sustainable” fuel and is one of the most efficient aircraft of its size, in addition to the Government will also compensate the emissions emitted, although it has not specified how.
“Our approach to tackling climate change is to use technology so we don’t have to change how we use means of transport,” such as electric cars, he said.
Johnson is chairing a leaders’ debate on Tuesday to try to agree on the next course in the fight against climate change, after which the leaders will return to their countries and their delegations will stay to negotiate a possible agreement until November 12 in the Scottish city.