Spokesperson for Taylor Swift denied the US pop star was responsible for “most or all” of the trips she took on her private jet after it was claimed she was the biggest celebrity user. sustainability marketing company Yardcalling the claim “manifestly false.”
The Yard’s survey showed that the Swift aircraft from 2022. January 1 until July 29 flew 170 times and spent 15.9 days in the air with an average flight time of 80 minutes and 139.36 miles. Total 2022 flight emissions were 8,293.54 tons – 1,184.8 times more than the average annual human emissions.
“Taylor’s plane is regularly loaned out to other individuals,” a spokesman told The Guardian, declining to comment further.
Yard collected data from Celebrity Jets Twitter accountwhich automatically follows certain aircraft to highlight the “harmful effects of private jet use” after fans called out celebrities such as Drake, Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner for strikingly short flights during a deep climate crisis.
In July, Jenner, who is in a relationship with Scott, posted a photo of their respective planes on Instagram with the caption: “Want to take mine or yours?” Celebrity Jets’ Twitter account identified Jenner’s flight later that day lasted just 17 minutes.
Drake tried to defend his use of a huge private jet – 185 million The USD Boeing 767, which normally seats hundreds of people, modified to his liking – for flights of less than 20 minutes, saying that the aircraft has been moved to a storage area and there are no passengers on board. One fan responded: “Ok but this is worse, can’t you see how worse it is?”
While Scott came in at No. 10 on Yard’s poll, neither Drake nor Jenner made the top 10 worst offenders. Not far behind Swift was boxer Floyd Mayweather, who emitted 7,076.8 tons of CO2, and Jay-Z, with 6,981.3 tons.
Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez came in at No. 4, followed by 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 33 million per year. tons of greenhouse gases, more than Denmark. Their low passenger numbers mean they pollute five to 14 times more per passenger than commercial airplanes and 50 times more than trains. Only 1% of the world’s population is responsible for half of emissions related to flying.
CelebJets’ Twitter and Instagram accounts are run by Jack Sweeney, a student programmer at the University of Central Florida who previously tracked the movements of Russian oligarch and tech mogul Elon Musk, who reportedly offered him $5,000 to stop tracking his movements. “The amount of time and dedication I put into it is cool,” Sweeney said Bloomberg.. “$5,000 is not enough to quit.”
Yard Digital Sustainability Director Chris Butterworth said: “It’s easy to get lost in the glamorous lives of the rich and famous, but unfortunately they are a huge part of the CO2e problem we face in the aviation industry. Aviation contributes 2.4% of man-made CO2e each year, and research shows that there is a huge difference in flying, traveling and even overall emissions between the ultra-rich and the rest of us.
Yard said his research “doesn’t convince the worst offenders, but the worst offenders based on the data presented Celebrity on the Jets’ Twitter page and said it was unclear whether the respective aircraft owners were on each flight.