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Friday 25 July 2014

Anger as Greenpeace executive uses jet to commute

Emily Gosden

Published 24/06/2014|02:30

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Environmental organization Greenpeace France's director Pascal Husting during a demonstration to ask for an civilian inspection of the Missile Test Center, 23 September 2006 in Biscarosse south-western France. 
AFP PHOTO JEAN PIERRE MULLLER        (Photo credit should read JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Environmental organization Greenpeace France's director Pascal Husting during a demonstration to ask for an civilian inspection of the Missile Test Center, 23 September 2006 in Biscarosse south-western France. AFP PHOTO JEAN PIERRE MULLLER (Photo credit should read JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images)

One of Greenpeace's most senior executives commutes 250 miles each way to work by plane, the environmental group has admitted.

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Pascal Husting, the international programme director at Greenpeace International, said he began "commuting between Luxembourg and Amsterdam" when he took the job in 2012 and made the round trip about twice a month.

The flights are paid by Greenpeace, even though it campaigns to cut air travel, arguing that the growth in flying "is ruining our chances of stopping dangerous climate change".

One volunteer described the arrangement as "almost unbelievable".

Each round trip Mr Husting makes would generate 142kg of carbon dioxide emissions, according to airline KLM – a carbon footprint equivalent over two years to consuming 17 barrels of oil, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Mr Husting said that while he would "rather not take" the journey, it would be "a 12-hour round trip by train". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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