If Ursula von der Leyen’s private jet had been fuelled with hydrogen, the only emission would’ve been water vapour

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made headlines this week for taking a private jet to travel just 31 miles – a story which came out as she held opening talks at COP26 urging “all of us to do whatever it takes now to limit global warming to 1.5°C”.

Europe’s leading clean transport campaign group T&E says private jets are 5-14 times more polluting than commercial planes, and 50 times more polluting than trains.

von der Leyen’s 19-minute journey from nearby Vienna and Bratislava in June as part of a tour of EU capitals would’ve emitted nearly one tonne of CO2 – T&E says a private jet can emit two tonnes of CO2 in just one hour.

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