Climate change department sends staff on hundreds of domestic flights
1,000 internal flights around Britain despite telling the public to cut down on
advertising campaign telling the country to cut down on carbon intensive activities,
such as taking domestic flights.
26 return flights to Manchester that can be reached in two-and-a-half hours by
that also urges the public to fly less, took 1,938 domestic flights in 2008/09.
for trees to be planted, and insisted all internal flights are kept to a minimum.
be leading by example before preaching on climate change.
"If ministers are serious about tacking climate change, as they frequently assure
us they are, then they could start by not flying to places that are a short hop
away like Manchester and Aberdeen, and which are served by a fast and efficient
should be required to take the most environmentally form of transport as part
of the Civil Service Code.
in its travel decisions," he said.
take the train wherever possible if the UK is to meet climate change targets to
cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
should be showing leadership by swapping planes for trains for all short-haul
that urges the public to cut emissions from transport in television adverts and
through other forms of communication.
flights, for example to the Shetland Islands.
with the occasional business need to be somewhere quickly and on the rare occasions
where air travel is unfortunately the only option, all of the carbon emissions
travel wherever possible" and that staff travelling "are encouraged to explore
rail over air travel where possible." The department has cut the number of flights
by staff from more than 2,000 in 2007/08.
"Due to the nature of Defra’s work it is sometimes necessary for flights to be
taken to enable international discussions.”