November 27, 2022
Celebrities in a hot seat: Are private jets polluting more?

Celebrities in a hot seat: Are private jets polluting more?

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Last week, Bernard Arnault, Executive Director From LVMH (Mo√ęt Hennessy Louis Vuitton), he said in an interview with French Radio Classique that he sold the private plane he used.

“No one can know where I’m going because I’m now chartering planes,” said the executive, who also stated that he only uses planes when necessary.

The move comes after long pressure on social media about the environmental impact that air travel has caused.

The fact is that the amount of harmful gas emissions to the environment per passenger transported is higher in these private aircraft.

According to the European NGO Transport and Environment, only 1% of the richest part of the population is responsible for 50% of the pollution from air transport. Meanwhile, private jets pollute between five and 14 times more than any commercial flight.

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Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian standing on their private jet

Photo: editing / reproduction

Many celebrities have been criticized for the indiscriminate use of aircraft. in july, It took Kim Kardashian’s plane only ten minutes in the United States of America. Although it is unclear whether she was on the ship or not, it is estimated that more than a ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) was emitted in that short time.

The socialite was also involved in another controversy in May when she and her sister, Kylie Jenner, They each went on their own plane to attend another sister’s wedding, Kourtney Kardashian, which took place in Italy. The itinerary was very similar (origin and destination), but one did not give the other a lift.

Jenner’s plane has also been spotted through social media celebrity flight tracking systems at short distances. In one, his plane landed at an airport less than 20 kilometers from his home, and then departed for another airport, 40 kilometers away, near the headquarters of his cosmetics company.

The trip continued 17 minutesThe car trip takes about 50 minutes, with significantly fewer pollutant emissions.

These trips, among other things, have been criticized not only by environmentalists, but by people uncomfortable with the position espoused by celebrities, especially those who say they are concerned about global warming.

Top 10: In August, British marketing agency Yard released a ranking of the celebrities who pollute the most with private jets. See the list of the amount of carbon dioxide in each puff big success Issued from the beginning of 2022 until July 19:

  • Taylor Swift – 2,971.50 tons
  • Drake – 2904.25
  • Floyd Mayweather – 2205.22 tons
  • Jay-Z (in partnership with Puma) – 2,107.72 tons
  • Kim Kardashian – 1752.51 tons
  • A-Rod – 1.731.10 tons
  • Steven Spielberg – 1,485.69 tons
  • Mark Wahlberg – 1443.27 tons
  • Blake Shelton – 1357.85 tons
  • Jack Nicklaus – 1129.66 tons

Calculations he made yard Take into account the fuel consumption per flight hour of each aircraft (some consume much more than others). It’s also important to say that it’s not necessarily that celebrities were present on every trip.

Some of these flights are usually carried out for maintenance, and in others, just to store the aircraft in places where it is cheaper to rent a hangar.

Compensation: For Ricardo Rosario, environmental attorney at the SFCB, it is necessary to distinguish whether the traveler is doing so for the benefit of the company he works for or for personal use only. Each of these methods will have a different impact on how Travel It is seen, whether essential or dispensable, for example.

“The ideal for those who travel by air is to take an inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions. With this, it is possible to make reparations, through the purchase of carbon credits or other actions,” Rosario says.

The attorney also states that anyone traveling should be aware of three areas related to the pollution the process can cause:

– direct ones, which are those resulting from the flight itself, with the emission of aircraft engines for example.
– Indirect, which are those emissions associated with the energy consumption related to the trip
– Still another type of indirect emissions, which are carried out by suppliers associated with the flight, such as companies that supply the aircraft, airport operators, among others

With that in mind and planning accordingly, Rosario says, the environmental issue can be circumvented more easily, including the rational use of these flights.

It’s also possible that these celebrities will stick to carbon-reduction schemes such as Corsia (the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation). The goal in this program is for the aviation sector to maintain its growth without increasing pollutant emissions and the consequent offsetting of emissions.

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