Taylor Swift: claims about non-public jet use ‘clearly false’, says spokesperson | Taylor Swift

A spokesman for Taylor Swift she denied that the US pop star is responsible for “most or all” of the trips made on her private jet after allegedly being the most famous person to use it. sustainability marketing firm Yardcalling the claim “clearly wrong”.

The Yard’s survey found that the Swift aircraft took 170 flights between January 1 and July 29, 2022, clocking 15.9 days in the air with an average flight time of 80 minutes and 139.36 miles per flight. The total aviation emissions for 2022 were calculated at 8,293.54 tonnes – 1,184.8 times more than the average total annual emissions per person.

“Taylor’s jet is regularly loaned out to other individuals,” the spokesperson told the Guardian, downplaying further traffic.

Clós compiled data from the Celebrity Jets Twitter accountwhich automatically tracks certain aircraft, to highlight “the harmful impact of private jet use” after celebrity fans such as Drake, Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner for taking extremely short flights at a time of climate crisis.

In July, Jenner, who is in a relationship with Scott, post a photo of their respective jets to Instagram with the caption: “you want to take mine or mine?” The Celebrity Jets Twitter account found out that Jenner’s flight was later that day lasted only 17 minutes.

Drake he tried to justify his use of a large private plane – Boeing 767 $185 if usually seats hundreds of people, modified to suit all tastes – for a series of flights under 20 minutes by stating that the aircraft was being moved to a storage location and that there were no passengers on board. One fan replied: “Ok but that’s worse, can’t you see how that’s worse?”

Although Scott stuck in at No. 10 in the Yard survey, neither Drake nor Jenner made the list of the 10 worst offenders. Swift was closely followed by boxer Floyd Mayweather, with 7,076.8 tonnes of CO2 emissions, and Jay-Z, with 6,981.3 tonnes.

Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez is ranked No. 4, country singer Blake Shelton at No. 5, director Steven Spielberg at No. 6, Kim Kardashian at No. 7, Mark Wahlberg at No. 8, Oprah Winfrey at No. 9 and Scott at No. 10.

Private jets emit more than 33m tonnes of greenhouse gases each year – more than the country of Denmark. Their small passenger loads mean they are five to 14 times more polluting than commercial airplanes per passenger, and 50 times more polluting than trains. Only 1% of the world population responsible for half of the emissions related to the flight.

The CelebJets Twitter and Instagram accounts are run by Jack Sweeney, a student coder at the University of Central Florida who tracked the movements of Russian oligarchs and tech mogul Elon Musk, who offered him $5,000 to stop tracking his movements. “The amount of time and dedication I put into it is amazing,” Sweeney Bloomberg said. “$5k is not enough to release him.”

Yard digital sustainability director Chris Butterworth said: “It’s easy to get lost in the glamorous world of the rich and famous, but unfortunately they are a huge part of the CO2e problem we have with the aviation industry. Aviation is responsible for 2.4% of human-produced CO2e each year, and research shows a huge divide between the super-rich and the rest of us when it comes to flights, travel, and even general emissions.”

Yard said his research was “not conclusive of the biggest offenders, but the biggest offenders according to the data as shown on the Famous Jets Twitter page” and said it was unclear whether each flight was owned by the respective planes.

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