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UN Climate Conference 2021

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 80465, tabled on 23 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2021 to Question 75126 on UN Climate Conference 2021: Government, how many Ministers in her Department travelled to COP26 by airplane.

Answered on

1 December 2021

Ministers took the train to COP26 in Glasgow, unless there were exceptional circumstances that meant travelling by train was not an option. Travel disruption due to adverse weather on 31 October resulted in train cancellations, meaning some Ministers had to pursue alternative means of transport. The Foreign Secretary was the only FCDO minister who flew to Glasgow to attend COP26. As referenced in PQ 68451, this was due to the cancellation of her train; she then travelled back by train from the event.

Any unavoidable carbon emissions from COP26 will be offset, including those associated with travel.