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Australia: Visits Abroad

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 125522, tabled on 18 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she has taken to offset the carbon emissions from the chartering of a private jet for her recent visit to Australia.

Answered on

24 February 2022

Foreign travel is a vital part of diplomacy. It is in the national interest that the Foreign Secretary, and other Ministers travel abroad to pursue UK interests, building a network of liberty through closer economic, security and development ties and technology leaders. The work that Ministers do overseas ultimately delivers for the British people.

Every flight made contributes to the UK Emissions Trading Scheme and we voluntarily pay Carbon Offset Credits for the year's flying. The A321neoLR plane used is one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft of its class.