Berlin. For return flights related to the World climate conference in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt Members of the federal government and their employees have emitted around 308 million tons of carbon dioxide.
This emerges from a recent written response from the Federal Foreign Office to a question from former AfD MP Joana Cotar, which is available to the German Press Agency. The climate conference took place from November 6th to 18th in the Egyptian seaside resort.
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As reported by the Federal Foreign Office, the emissions mentioned include all flights that occurred in the context of the federal government’s participation in the conference. According to the information, this includes flights with three machines from the Ministry of Defense’s flight readiness service as well as arrivals and departures of government members and their employees with civilian flights. Also included is the carbon footprint of onward flights to other countries, for example to park the machines therehave caused.
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As members of the federal government, who would have used the three aircraft used for flight readiness, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) and Development Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) and their accompanying employees. Other government officials, including escorts, used civilian flights to travel there and back, it said.
Cotar, a member of the Bundestag who recently resigned from the AfD – now without a faction – accused the traffic light government of “gimmicky tricks”. “The federal government generated so much CO2 with the flights to the climate conference alone that an average German could drive a car for 150 years,” Cotar told the German Press Agency. “In times of video conferences, that’s absurd and a huge waste of tax money.” Germany needs “a rational Realpolitik, no actionist climate madness,” she explained.