A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has denied that the American pop star is responsible for “most or all” of her private jet travel after she was claimed by the sustainability marketing firm Yard to be the most widely used celebrity. incorrect”.
Yard’s investigation found that Swift’s aircraft made 170 flights between January 1 and July 29, 2022, clocking in at 15.9 days in the air with an average flight time of 80 minutes and 139.36 miles per flight. Total flight emissions for 2022 were calculated to be 8,293.54 tons – 1,184.8 times more than the average person’s total annual emissions.
“Taylor’s jet is regularly lent to other individuals,” the spokesman told The Guardian, but declined to comment further.
Yard collected data from the Celebrity Jets Twitter accountthat automatically tracks certain planes, to highlight “the damaging impact of using private jets” after fans called out celebrities like Drake, Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner for taking noticeably short flights at a time of deep climate crisis.
In July, Jenner, who is in a relationship with Scott, posted a photo of their respective jets on Instagram with the caption, “Would you like to take mine or yours?” Celebrity Jets’ Twitter account found that Jenner’s flight was only 17 minutes later that day.
Drake tried to defend his use of a huge private jet — a $185 million Boeing 767 that usually seats hundreds of people, customized to his taste — for a series of flights lasting less than 20 minutes, saying the plane was being moved to a warehouse location and had no passengers on board. One fan replied, “Okay, but that’s worse, you don’t understand how that’s worse?”
While Scott came in at number 10 in the Yard poll, neither Drake nor Jenner were on the 10 worst offenders list. Swift was closely followed by boxer Floyd Mayweather, who emitted 7,076.8 tons of CO2, and Jay-Z, with 6,981.3 tons.
Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez at number 4, country singer Blake Shelton at number 5, director Steven Spielberg at number 6, Kim Kardashian at number 7, Mark Wahlberg at number 8, Oprah Winfrey at number 9, and Scott at number 10.
Private jets emit more than 33 million tons of greenhouse gases every year – more than the country of Denmark. Due to their low passenger load, they are five to fourteen times more polluting per passenger than commercial aircraft and 50 times more polluting than trains. Only 1% of the world’s population is responsible for half of the emissions associated with flying.
CelebJets’ Twitter and Instagram accounts are operated by Jack Sweeney, a student coder at the University of Central Florida who has previously tracked the moves of Russian oligarchs and tech mogul Elon Musk, who reportedly offered him $5,000 to quit. following his movements. “The amount of time and dedication I’ve put into it is cool,” Sweeney told Bloomberg. “$5k isn’t enough to drop it.”
Chris Butterworth, Yard’s director of digital preservation, said: “It’s easy to get lost in the dazzling lives of the rich and famous, but unfortunately they are a big part of the CO2e problem we have with the aviation industry. Aviation is responsible for 2.4% of human-produced CO2e annually, and research shows that there is a huge gap between the super-wealthy and the rest of us in terms of flights, travel and even general emissions.”
Yard stated that his investigation was “inconclusive for the biggest offenders, but the biggest offenders according to the data presented on the Celebrity Jets Twitter page” and said it was not clear whether the respective owners of the aircraft were present on each flight. .