BY AARON BAILEY
COP28, the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, will have the highest carbon footprint in history due to its many attendees.
Private jets have been spotted at Dubai International Airport during COP28, raising concerns about the conference’s environmental impact.
Despite the focus on sustainability, world leaders attending COP28, including the British PM, have chosen to travel on private jets, although some claim to use sustainable aviation fuel.
The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) will have history’s most significant carbon footprint. With almost 100,000 attendees, it surpassed the conference held in Egypt last year, with just 49,000 delegates.
While Dubai is more commonly known as the hub for aviation giant Emirates, its home at Dubai International Airport (DXB) has also seen a flurry of private jets over COP28. It’s unclear if these are related directly to the conference, but it does raise a few eyebrows.
A quick search on Flightradar24 has spotted several private jets bound for the United Arab Emirates, including a Bombardier Global 7500 from Nigeria, an Embraer Legacy 650E from Switzerland, a Gulfstream IV from Japan, and a Dassault Falcon 7X from India.
The British PM’s mode of transport
There was widespread outrage when British PM Rishi Sunak noted he would be traveling to COP28 onboard his private jet, with King Charles III and Foreign Secretary David Cameron doing likewise. However, according to Rishi Sunak, his jet was powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), made from non-petroleum feedstocks.
Given that Dubai International Airport is one of the world’s most connected, we wonder why the world’s leaders couldn’t consider commercial carriers.